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Government response to cold snap completely inadequate – Ferris

4 January, 2010 - by Martin Ferris TD


Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris has described the Government’s response to the cold snap as completely inadequate. Deputy Ferris said cutbacks at local authority level are now having an effect as many thousands of people found themselves completely isolated over the Christmas period.

He said:

“Many thousands of people in rural communities have been completely isolated over the Christmas period as the cold snap made roads impassable. The Government’s response has been completely inadequate.

“Cutbacks at local authority level are now having an effect as Councils are failing to get to grips with the problem. In many counties only National roads are being gritted as resources are not available for smaller, rural roads to be maintained.

“The Government must act to get the country back up and running as soon as possible. There should be an all island approach to the sourcing of grit for the roads as both Carrickfergus and Cork are running short.

“Overall the Government must snap out of its seasonal hangover and fix our roads.” ENDS

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