Estimated €100 million flood damage means Government should apply for EU funds immediately – Matt Carthy MEP
Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West, Matt Carthy, has reiterated his call for the Irish Government to apply for EU structural funds for assistance to repair infrastructural damage in light of Storm Desmond and also to put in place appropriate flood defences.
The MEP’s comments coincide with reports this week that the estimates of flood damage caused by Storm Desmond stand at €100 million.
“Reports this week suggest that the flood damage caused by Storm Desmond across the country is in the region of €100 million.
“It is clear that the €18 million set aside by this Government to address the damage caused by this storm will be wholly inadequate.
“Once again, I appeal to the Irish Government to submit an application for funding under EU structural funds without delay.
“While the figure of €100 million is below the threshold to qualify for this funding, provisions within the scheme allow for an application to be made to put in place flood protection measures, which are estimated to cost in the region of €2 billion.
“I welcome the news that the Vice President of the European Investment Bank, with responsibility for Environment and Climate Action, Mr Jonathon Taylor will visit Ireland within the coming weeks to assess the damage caused by flooding.
“I have written to the Vice President to seek a meeting to discuss the potential immediate supports for local authorities and home and business owners. I also wish to discuss with him the potential long term investment opportunities with regard to flood prevention measures.
“It is imperative that we identify and utilise every support or resource available to us in order to assist and protect our communities against the threat of flooding.
“With this in mind, the reluctance on the part of the Irish Government to apply for this funding is incomprehensible.”