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McDonald to visit flood hit Inishowen peninsula

29 August, 2017 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD will today visit flood hit communities across the Inishowen peninsula in Donegal. 

Speaking ahead of the visit, Deputy McDonald said, “With the full impact of the floods now clear, it is critical that government quickly and effectively deliver on its commitments by ensuring the full breadth of necessary funding and supports are put in place. No-one can be left behind.”

The Dublin Central TD said:

“Today, I will be visiting those affected by the floods across north and south Inishowen, and over the last week I have been in regular contact with Buncrana based Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn and our Inishowen Councillors who have really put their shoulder to the wheel to provide around the clock assistance to their local communities. 

“I would like to pay tribute to the emergency services, Donegal County Council workers and management, and particularly the people of Inishowen whose response to the crisis has been heroic.

“The scale of the damage is devastating and unprecedented. This will require a wide range of supports from government over the coming weeks and months. 

“A large number of homes, businesses, farms, local sports clubs, and community amenities have been impacted north and south of the peninsula.  

“There have been at least 300 separate incidents of damage to roads and bridges across the entirety of Inishowen.

“It is vital that the Ministers responsible for providing the necessary funding and supports to flood hit areas work cohesively and quickly to deliver on the governments commitments to those affected. This has been a deeply traumatic experience for all those involved.

“As is always the case with emergencies such as this, the needs of those affected are often complex, and will require additional supports beyond those provided by the activated humanitarian schemes.  No one affected by the floods can be left behind. 

“There remains a lack of clarity with regards to exactly what supports are available to businesses, community centres, sports clubs and farmers. 

“Homes and businesses not covered by flood insurance are also not clear on what state help will be extended to them. Emergency housing is also an issue that has not yet been fully addressed, and will continue to be required over the coming months as many homes will not be habitable for a number of months if at all.

“Sinn Féin local representatives will continue to work closely with the local community, Donegal County Council, and government agencies, and at a national level we will hold the relevant government Ministers to account to make certain they deliver on their commitments to the people of Inishowen.” 

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