Government must follow Red Cross lead and provide funding for victims of flooding – Deputy Seán Crowe
Dublin South West Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe has urged the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan TD and the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD to follow the lead of the Irish Red Cross and implement an emergency relief fund to help the victims of flooding whose homes and property were damaged in Dublin and other parts of the East Coast in late October.
Deputy Crowe was speaking after submitting a question under Topical Issues to the Ceann Comhairle for the matter to be debated in today’s (Tuesday) session of the Dáil.
“I wish to commend the Irish Red Cross which in the aftermath of the flooding that caused so much misery and hardship launched an Irish Floods Appeal to aid those whose homes and property were damaged.
“The impact of these floods is reflected by the number of people who contacted the Irish Red Cross and other charities wishing to donate. They were moved by the plight of people, many of whom had no household insurance because they could not obtain cover as a result of similar previous incidents.
“I understand Red Cross is working work closely with the Community Welfare Service within the Department of Social Protection to identify those most in need of assistance”.
“In view of the Red Cross appeal for donations to support Irish flood victims, the Ministers’ for the Environment and Social Protection must act urgently and ensure central government funding is made available to provide emergency cover to help the many people whose homes and property were damaged by the flooding.”
Anyone wishing to donate to the Irish Red Cross ‘Irish Floods’ appeal can do so online; by phone: 1850 50 70 70; or by cheque made out to ‘Irish Red Cross’ and marked ‘Irish Floods’ and sent to Irish Red Cross, 16 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.