Long term flood defence plan must be a priority for incoming government - Matt Carthy MEP
Midlands North West Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has said the government’s failure to establish a single agency to lead and coordinate flood risk management will leave many parts of the state vulnerable to further floods.
Mr Carthy was speaking as Met Éireann issued another status yellow warning of up to 40mm of rain to fall in Cork and Kerry today.
He said a long term, strategic plan to manage flood risk and defences must be a priority of the next government regardless of which parties form that government.
Mr Carthy said;
“Unfortunately the scenes we have witnessed of homes and businesses being destroyed in recent weeks have become something we are beginning to get used to.
“In December my party leader Gerry Adams TD proposed the establishment of a single agency to lead and coordinate flood risk management. He has again written to the Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD urge him to give this proposal serious consideration.
“The reality is that the government’s failure to establish such an agency will leave many party of the state vulnerable to further floods.
“Sinn Féin has committed to bring forward legislative proposals in the event that the cabinet fails to act on this proposal.
“It is our belief that a long term, strategy plan to manage flood risk and defences must be a priority for the next government regardless of which parties form that government.”
Mr Carthy also urged the government to immediately apply for funding from the EU Solidarity Fund to help alleviate the costs of restoration and flood prevention works into the future.