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Adams slams Kenny on ‘pathetic’ flood response

31 December, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has again criticised the lack of a strategic response by the Government to the flooding crisis as Storm Frank left many communities without electricity with more bad weather forecast.

Gerry Adams said:

“The Taoiseach has been invisible as the latest storm has left many communities flooded and without power.

“Front line services have been pushed to the very limit but the response of the Government has been pathetic.

“Homes and businesses have been destroyed in recent days and farms have been very badly hit.

“As has happened before, the Government is making promises that defences will be constructed in the future.

“However, the Government was repeatedly warned about the threat of flooding and has sat on its hands.

“Flood risk is becoming a feature of life in Ireland but there is a lack of any strategic approach by Enda Kenny’s Government.

“Following my recent visit to Carrick-on-Shannon to view flood damage there, the Taoiseach rejected my call for a single agency to be given responsibility for management of the River Shannon.

“Mr Kenny also rejected my call for a state-funded insurance scheme for households and businesses affected by flooding who can't get flood insurance.

"Where is Mr Kenny's plan? He doesn't have one. 

“He won't even seek assistance from the EU Solidarity Fund. 

“The Government’s wholly inadequate ‘humanitarian fund’ is no substitute for a strategic plan and concrete action to deal with this issue.

“At the very least, the Cabinet must be reconvened to draw up a plan to deal with the flooding crisis.” 

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