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Brady praises agriculture minister's response to flooding

14 November, 2014 - by Mickey Brady


Sinn Féin MLA Mickey Brady has praised Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill's response to flooding in Newry. 

Speaking after visiting residents affected by flooding alongside Minister O'Neill, the Newry and Armagh MLA said; 

"I visited residents in Newry today who are coping with the aftermath of the flooding alongside Agriculture Michelle O'Neill. 

"I want to congratulate the minister for her prompt response, not only in ensuring that Rivers Agency and other bodies from her department were on hand to deal with the flooding immediately, but also for coming to Newry today to meet those affected at first hand. 

"The prompt action from the minister in co-ordinating the response to this flooding no doubt prevented the floodwaters from damaging more properties. 

"This stands in stark contrast to the actions of regional development minister Danny Kennedy, whose cutbacks and layoffs, particularly in relation to gully cleaning, contributed to the flooding and the subsequent damage to homes and businesses. 

"If anyone is affected by flooding I would urge them to call the flooding incident helpline on 0300 2000 100."

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