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Excessive bureaucracy obstacle to flood victims accessing Government fund – Ó Clochartaigh

27 January, 2016

Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on the West, Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, has called on the government to do more to help the victims of flooding. 

Speaking in the wake of severe storms again in the past days, Senator Ó Clochartaigh said: 

“The severe flooding of the past weeks may be subsiding but people are still dealing with the damage and destruction left in its wake with ineffective assistance from the government. 

“People whose homes and livelihoods have been severely damaged need immediate, practical & financial support. As it stands, all they are getting from the government is red tape and barriers. 

“People who apply to the Department of Social Protection’s Humanitarian Fund are met by a wall of bureaucracy and expected to fill out endless forms before they are considered for assistance. 

“This is not acceptable and I am calling on the Minister to rectify the situation immediately so that people can access much needed flood supports without delay. 

“Then we have the EU Solidarity Fund – is the government even going to apply for much needed assistance from this for flood victims? Will they ask for support to put proper flood defences in place to avoid future disasters? 

“And what is the plan, if any, to deal with the issue of insurance and the refusal of companies to insure flood victims property into the future? They must be made play their part in assisting those people affected 

“I am calling on the government to deal with the issues I have raised as a matter of urgency.”

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