Stanley calls for measures to tackle flood damage
Brian Stanley, Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment, has called for urgent measures to tackle the consequences of flood damage. The Laois TD also called on the government to implement all of the measures promised previously to alleviate the threat posed by flooding in high risk areas.
Deputy Stanley said:
“I have witnessed at first hand this morning some of the damage done by floods in my own county. Families work and general lives have been severely disrupted as a consequence of the flooding and the same applies in other parts of the country.
“In the aftermath of the floods in early 2014, the government promised to spend €70 million on addressing the damage caused. No definite commitments were made regarding preventative measures so perhaps the Minister would outline what has been done in the interim in high risk areas.
“Flooding is of course unpredictable, but we do have a good idea of particularly high risk areas and further measures can be put into place to address these. Where this has been done, we have seen that areas that used to be badly hit by flooding escaped relatively unscathed in recent days.
“I would also make the point that the cuts to local government spending, with funding being diverted from the Local Government Fund to Irish Water for example, have impeded the ability of local authorities to address issues of drainage and maintenance of bridges and so on which have heightened the risk of flooding in my own and other parts of the country.”