Ó Caoláin urges declaration of national emergency and increased aid for flood victims
Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has called on the Taoiseach Brian Cowen to declare a national emergency because of the severe flooding crisis and to greatly increase Government aid to the victims, as well as opening a national subscription.
“I am strongly urging that the Government should designate as a national emergency the current severe crisis caused by flooding in very large areas of the country. The situation has not abated in many areas and worsened in some. More flooding may be visited upon people in coming days and weeks, this being just the start of winter.
“The devastation experienced by communities has won the sympathy of people across the country. In this context the €12 million assistance scheme announced yesterday is totally inadequate.
“I urge the allocation of further funds to aid the flood victims and a more realistic and compassionate approach than the projected process of application with means test and all the attendant bureaucracy. I also urge the opening by the Government of a subscription fund whereby people can make donations to help relieve the plight of those affected.” ENDS