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Government need to provide emergency funding to fix storm damage - Ó Clochartaigh

4 January, 2014

Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has called on the he Minister for the Environment to make emergency funding available for people and communities affected by storm damage.

Speaking in Galway following a tour of premises affected by storms and flooding, Senator Ó Clochartaigh said:

“There has been huge damage done to premises, roads, seaside amenities and other essential infrastructure.

“Townlands have been cut off, beaches and promenades washed away, business premises devastated and it is clear that the full extent of the storms force has yet to be understood.

“People are rallying around to do what they can to rectify the situation but it is very clear, even at this stage, that the scale of the damage will mean that local authorities, communities and business people will need extra support to restore the facilities which have been affected.

 “As of yet we haven't heard anything form Government as to how they intend to help out. A senior Minister should immediately visit the areas affected to get a sense of the devastation being felt and the huge clean up operation that is underway,

 “I did a tour of premises affected by the recent storms and flooding in Salthill and Galway this morning with Local election candidate Mairéad Farrell. There is a massive clean-up operation ongoing and preparation for further bad weather which may do more damage. People are working 24/7 with great support from the emergency services, local authorities and local people who are all doing their best to cope in extremely difficult circumstances.

 “The government must step up to the mark and give the essential financial support that will be needed to repair the damage that has been done and local authorities and communities shouldn't be expected to pick up the tab for this by themselves.”

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