Government must access EU emergency fund for flood relief – Adams
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has called upon the Government to access the EU Solidarity Fund with immediate effect. Deputy Adams has described the call as the “immediate and prudent course of action to take” given the cuts that the government made this year to the OPW’s flood risk management programme, resulting in a reduction of €15.6 million in flood relief.
The Louth TD said:
“This Government has been reckless in the extreme when it comes to flood defences in this country. One would have imagined that after the devastation wrought to communities and businesses in 2014 the Government would have acted to prevent further flooding and tackle its causes.
“Last night, Minister Alan Kelly remarked from the Climate Conference in Paris that “as an island, we will have issues in the future unless this is dealt with”. Yet there is no plan for flooding or climate change and this government has cut €15.6 million in flood relief.”
“Sinn Féin believes that accessing EU Solidarity Fund is an immediate and prudent course of action given the needs of communities and businesses.
“The EU Solidarity Fund can provide financial aid to Member States in the event of a major natural disaster, particularly in the event of an extraordinary regional disaster that affects the majority of the population of a region with serious and lasting repercussions on its economic stability and living conditions.
“It is clear that the flooding will have a major impact on the economy and lives of effected communities”