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‘Robust response needed to flooding’ – O’Neill

23 August, 2017 - by Michelle O'Neill


Sinn Féin Leader in the North Michelle O’Neill has pressed for a concerted multi-departmental response to the floods, which have caused extensive damage across the north.

Michelle O’Neill was speaking after meeting with the interim Head of the Civil Service who also chairs the Civil Contingencies Group comprising all key agencies who co-ordinate the response to civil emergencies. 

“The scale of the damage caused by the floods is shocking and my thoughts are with all those affected,” she commented.

“Thankfully, no lives have been lost and I want to commend the actions of the emergency services, local residents and activists who worked through the night to protect lives and property.

“Clearly questions need to be answered about the state of preparedness and the response of some statutory agencies. 

“People are also beginning the long process of cleaning-up and rebuilding and we need to ensure every possible assistance is provided to them.

“That will require a robust and concerted approach across several different government departments.

“I met today with the interim Head of the Civil Service to seek an update on the response and a status report and I stressed the need for a cross-cutting response over the days and weeks ahead.”

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