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Positive response from insurance companies and government needed - Adams

12 January, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has welcomed today’s meeting between the Taoiseach and the heads of the five main insurance companies.  However Teachta Adams said it is results that count and he hopes to see a positive response from the insurance industry alongside real investment and a long term strategy on flood defences from government.

Speaking this afternoon Teachta Adams said:

“While Sinn Féin is critical of the government’s slow response to this crisis it is good that the Taoiseach is meeting with these companies.  But those affected by flooding need to be assured that this is more than just a publicity opportunity.  This is a very important issue and many people’s lives have been turned upside down as a result of flooding and the stress of not having cover.

“There are areas in Inner City Dublin that have had flood defences installed but the residents there still can’t get insurance cover.

“There are also people in Mounthamilton in Dundalk who can’t get cover.  In St Mary’s Park in Limerick, in parts of Clare, in Carrick-on-Shannon in Leitrim and Cortouber in Roscommon there are more.  These are areas that I have visited recently and people are just devastated and they don’t know where to turn.

“So it's results that count and we need to see a very positive response from the insurance companies.

“On the government side of things we need to see proper investment in flood protection and a tightening up of the planning laws that have allowed homes to be built on flood plains.

“We also need to see support for families and businesses with the clean-up and sanitisation operations.  Families also need quicker access to compensation.

“The government needs to bring forward a long-term strategy for flood defence and tackling the increasingly adverse weather we are experiencing.

“That will be Sinn Féin’s commitment going into this election and myself and our Environment spokesperson Brian Stanley will move the River Shannon Management Agency Bill in the Dáil tomorrow.”

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