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Government flood relief package a pittance – Ferris

25 November, 2009 - by Martin Ferris TD

Sinn Féin Environment Spokesperson Martin Ferris TD has described the €10million package promised by the Government for humanitarian flood relief as a pittance compared to what is required.

Deputy Ferris said many thousands of people affected by the floods will not see any aid as a result of the Government’s miserly relief package.

Speaking today Deputy Ferris said:

“The €10million humanitarian relief package is a pittance compared to what is required. As a result of this Government’s miserly package many thousands of families will not receive any relief with whole areas such as the midlands not likely to see any at all.

“The fact is that this package is a token gesture. Considering that the Government can find €54billion to bail out a bunch of corrupt bankers this €10million commitment for thousands of people who have lost their homes and livelihoods is a shameful gesture.

“The Government needs to get real and come back with a package that can properly help those affected by this disaster.

“I want to commend the emergency services and those public sector workers who postponed yesterday’s strike action to continue helping in the effected areas.” ENDS

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