Government must lead by example in dealing with the flooding crisis – Ó Caoláin
Sinn Féin TD for Cavan and Monaghan Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has expressed his belief that everyone in the country has a role to play in the defence against the recent floods, saying that the Government should take the lead and set an example. The deputy was speaking during a specific Dáil debate on the recent crisis. He also took time to offer condolences for Ivan Vaughan, who tragically lost his life and will be deeply missed by the community.
Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
“There have been thousands of dreadful experiences across the country in the course of the recent flooding. Those of us lucky enough to escape the worst ravages of the deluges that washed across this land during December and into January watched the television reportage of others’ misfortune across whole swathes of the country. Homes destroyed, land use lost, animals at risk, farm machinery, cars and other equipment damaged beyond recovery.
“Significant areas of rural and urban Ireland have suffered grievously.
“Our hearts go out to all whose memory of the Christmas season of 2015 will be, not to put a tooth in it, nightmarish. They will never forget this experience and some might never fully recover.
“Everyone has a responsibility here. Everyone has a role to play. Government, local authorities, the insurance sector, big business, ordinary citizens, you and me. Will Government take the lead, set the example, create the channel for flood relief donations from business, from citizens, from people who love this land, be they living here at home or scattered across the globe.
“I appeal to Minister Harris and to the Office of Public Works to ensure the inclusion of the identified so called ‘hot spots’ in counties Monaghan and Cavan in the Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management programme.
“No one should doubt the extent of the problem in these counties. The only recorded fatality, wholly attributable to the recent flooding, took place in Co. Monaghan before Christmas. I take this opportunity to record my sympathy and the sympathy of all my community and, I hope this House also, to the wife, family and friends of Ivan Vaughan, a popular musician and member of arguably Ireland’s top band of years ago, The Plattermen. May he rest in Peace.”