Government has put homes and businesses at real risk of flood damage this winter - Carthy
Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has slammed the Irish Government for failing to comply with an EU directive on flood management plans and says as a result they have put people's homes, businesses and farms at risk of flood damage as winter approaches.
Matt Carthy said:
“The EU Flood Directive requires each Member State to publish its Flood Risk Management Plans by March 2016.
"In response to a question I put to the EU Commission, it has been revealed that in the Shannon region, an area where farmers and businesses have had their livelihoods washed away by heavy rain and floods, the draft Flood Risk Management Plan was only published in July.
“This is a full four months late for the draft, with consultations remaining open until the end of September and the final draft expected some months after that.
“This means that action and decisions are not realistically expected before the winter months.
“It is totally unacceptable that this draft has been delivered so late, given the devastation caused by flooding to people living in the Shannon region.
“The Government’s shocking tardiness on this issue has put people's homes, businesses and farms in the Shannon region at real risk of flood damage once again as winter approaches.”