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Government must compensate flood victims who have no insurance – Adams

4 February, 2014 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams TD has called on the Government to provide assistance to householders affected by the recent floods who but who have no insurance.

Speaking in the Dáil, he asked the Taoiseach what level of financial assistance would be provided by the state to the householders left devastated by the floods and when it would be made available.

He commended communities who rallied to the aid of their neighbours in the current severe weather crisis and the frontline services.

The Sinn Fein Leader said for many parts of the country, flooding was nothing new and that parts of Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Dublin were frequently experiencing significant flooding and this was predicted to get worse.

He said:

“It is now five years since Cork city experienced some of the worst flooding ever seen in Ireland, with thousands of homes and businesses damaged. Yet the city still does not have adequate flood defences.

“It’s the same in Limerick where people have been absolutely devastated by the destruction of their homes and all their belongings. These are ordinary working people. Most of them have not been able to get insurance. What is required immediately is financial aid for those worst hit by the latest crisis.”

He asked for a government commitment to assistance for householders affected by floods who had no insurance because no company would insure them.

“There always seems to be money for consultants and, irony of ironies, for consultants in Uisce Éireann, and for bankers and politicians but not for citizens in need.”

Mr Adams also asked if the government was incapable of strategic planning.

He said:

“Following last year’s fodder crisis, also brought about by the severe weather, Sinn Fein stressed the need for contingency plans to be put in place among the relevant government departments, including the Department of Environment and Local Government.

“That does not appear to have happened although the severe weather was predicted. Citizens living in the areas worst affected are angry that measures, which might have been taken to offset the worst impact, were not taken.

“According to the Office of Public Works, the coastal erosion risk around the state has been assessed. But how can a Local Authority put contingencies in place when your Government has cut the Local Government Fund by €320 million?

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