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Matt Carthy MEP seeks to develop response to ongoing flooding issue

16 May, 2016 - by Matt Carthy MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy today hosted a meeting in Carrick-On-Shannon, Co. Leitrim of Sinn Féin representatives to discuss the development of a comprehensive solution to the flooding issue in the Shannon region and coastal areas.

The Sinn Féin MEP was joined by Sligo/Leitrim TD Martin Kenny, Mayo Senator Rose Conway-Walsh and Sinn Féin Councillors from Leitrim, Sligo, Roscommon and Westmeath.

Speaking afterwards Matt Carthy said:

“Today’s meeting was extremely informative and constructive, bringing together as it did, representatives from various counties, which have been badly affected by flooding in recent years.

“There has been a marked failure by the last Government and its predecessors to deal with flood risks. The victims have been householders, small business owners and farmers.

“Sinn Féin has already launched a Dáil Bill to establish a Shannon River Authority to ensure proper coordination and a robust response from the various agencies responsible when flooding occurs. Today’s meeting is building further upon that initiative. 

“There were plenty of constructive ideas put forward today. My aim now is to put together concrete proposals for a full policy document. I will consult further with Sinn Féin colleagues in the Dáil and communities affected as part of this process."

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