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Adams contacts Kenny on flood response

1 January, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Commenting on the Taoiseach’s failure to address the recent flooding crisis in a strategic manner that benefits citizens affected, Gerry Adams said he had today written to the Taoiseach and added:

“The Taoiseach and the Government have failed to deal with the issue of flooding in a strategic way and, as a result, we have seen a repeat of serious flood problems witnessed in the past and the problem is getting worse.

“In the Dáil on 15th December 2015, I raised the matter of one single agency being designated, essentially as the competent authority, to lead and co-ordinate flood risk management, including the River Shannon.

“Unfortunately, the Taoiseach rejected this proposition. 

“I have today written to the Taoiseach arguing strongly that a single competent authority is required to monitor water levels for rivers, sea and loughs throughout the State on a year round basis. 

“A single agency or competent authority in my view should lead and co-ordinate the response of the key government stakeholders also, in addition to providing strategic direction for the implementation of the EU Floods Directive and maintenance.

“I have asked the Taoiseach to reconsider this proposition as a matter of urgency when the Cabinet meets next week and what policy and legislative change is required to the deal with this crisis.

“If the Cabinet fails to act on my suggestions, Sinn Féin will bring forward legislative proposals of our own.” 

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