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Sinn Féin to meet permanent secretary on flooding

30 August, 2017 - by Declan McAleer

A Sinn Féin delegation will be meeting with the permanent secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs today to discuss the ongoing response to the devastation caused by the recent flash floods.

The party’s agriculture spokesperson Declan McAleer said:

"Today we will be meeting with the DAERA permanent secretary to discuss the need for a robust response and to demand assistance be made available to those affected by the recent floods.

"A concerted action by statutory agencies and departments is needed to ensure the appropriate response is taken and necessary assessments are being carried out on roads and land affected.

'It is important that department officials on the ground make strenuous efforts to reach out to isolated and vulnerable farmers who have been cut off by the floods and have no access to the internet and other vital services

"We will also raise the possibility of a hardship relief scheme similar to the one introduced by the former Agriculture Michelle O'Neill in response to the snow crisis in 2013. 

"People are in the process of cleaning-up and rebuilding and we need to ensure every possible assistance is provided to them." 

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