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Minister for Flood Defence hasn’t met insurance industry yet - Pearse Doherty TD

22 June, 2016 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said that he is surprised and disappointed that the Minister for responsibility for Flood Defence Seán Canney TD has not yet met with the insurance industry. The admission was made during an exchange at the Finance Committee today.

Deputy Doherty said:

“I am surprised and disappointed that Minister Seán Canney has not seen fit to pick up the phone and call the insurance industry given the ongoing failure of the industry to insure households in vulnerable areas.

“I am equally dismayed that the minister confirmed that not a single major flood scheme was commenced last year out of a target of seven. This year the target is only six even less than were targeted to start last year. The minister puts the blame on regulation and even the EU but all these factors were in place when the department set its targets.

“This is a bad start for Minister Canney and I will be demanding that flood insurance is taken as an actual priority by the Minister for Flood Defence. A zero per cent delivery rate on major flood schemes is a disaster and can’t be dismissed as being down to regulations or any other excuses.”


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