Establishment of Shannon co-ordinating group to be welcomed but does not go far enough – Adams
Responding to reports that the Government is considering the establishment of a taskforce with responsibility for co-ordinating the response to flooding in the Shannon region, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD said:
“The Government could and should have acted sooner in establishing a co-ordinating body for dealing with flooding in the Shannon region under the aegis of the Office of Public Works. The news that they are now to establish a taskforce is to be welcomed but it does not go far enough.
“Sinn Féin believes a Shannon River Authority is needed to ensure that there is proper co-ordination and a robust response from the various agencies responsible and to take the necessary steps to minimise the risk of flooding in the future.
“It also does not appear that the government’s proposed taskforce will have any legislative basis. Sinn Féin believes that this is essential to ensure that it is properly resourced and empowered to carry out the level of work required. Sinn Féin will be introducing the River Shannon Management Agency Bill (2016) to this effect in the Dáil when it resumes next week.
“We also need action on funding for families whose lives have been turned upside down. Whilst the Government is reportedly discussing releasing a further €10million to deal with the damage done by the most recent floods, the cost of road works alone is expected to be in the region of €40million. It is clear that a more robust response is required.”