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Need to tackle Insurance rip off of Communities hit by flooding - Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

13 December, 2016 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Speaking after this evening’s Private Members Business, a motion on flooding, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD for Cork South-Central stated that the motion was welcome, but that more needed to be done to tackle the rip off of communities affected by flooding.

He also called on the Government to expedite capital investment in flood defences including suburban areas of Cork

"The Government has yet to fully implement the flood alleviation measures announced after Storm Desmond earlier this year, and has failed entirely to meet the challenge of ensuring residents and businesses can access insurance.

"Significant floods has been a fact of life in Cork for years, causing significant cost and distress for many residents and Businesses. We all remember in particular the major floods of 2009, causing 100€m worth of damage.

"We have also had major floods in suburban areas, such as the major incident in Douglas and Togher in 2012."

"Yesterday the Minister announced the €140m Flood Relief Project for Cork City, which is very welcome. I will be examining the detail of it closely to see if it is satisfactory."

"But residents and Businesses will need to see the benefits of this in terms of confidence, their pockets, and in terms of insurance cover. I know that in other parts of the country, that even where demountable or movable flood defences have been put in place to provide protection, insurers still refuse to  offer cover. This is ludicrous.

"In other places it can be prohibitively expensive even where flood cover is available."

"We need to see this tackled, and we need to put the insurance industry under pressure to give residents and businesses a fair deal."

"We also need to see action on the suburban projects in Cork, such as Curraheen and Douglas Togher, which is now behind schedule."

“Flood defences in Cork, like many other areas, have suffered chronic under-investment for quite some time now.”

“The focus must remain on having adequate protections for homes and businesses to ensure that damages are limited, and prevented where possible.”

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