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EU directives are no excuse for inaction on flooding – Ferris

13 January, 2016 - by Martin Ferris TD

Speaking in the Dáil tonight, Sinn Féin Agriculture Spokesperson Martin Ferris TD told Minister Simon Coveney to stop using EU directives as an excuse for inaction on flooding.

The Kerry TD said:

“Let me put on the record, here and now, some of the facts about EU Directives and how they relate to flood prevention, or the lack of it, to be more precise: neither the Birds Directive or the Habitats Directive prohibit flood prevention measures designed to protect life and property.

“In particular, they provide for situations of over-riding public interest to permit activities that might damage a Natura 2000 site but which are necessary for human welfare.

“The Directives also permit derogation from species protection measures in the interests of public safety and for other reasons including socio-economic ones – again, provided no satisfactory alternative is available.

“Therefore, EU environmental legislation does not prevent taking action to address the problems of flooding but rather provides a framework to help ensure the environmental sustainability of any such measures.” 

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