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Government failing citizens on flood insurance – Gerry Adams TD

27 January, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has accused the government of failing to “follow up pro-actively and energetically in challenging the insurance companies to ensure that householders and businesses are able to access flood insurance.”

Teachta Adams said:

“There are many families still struggling to recover from the devastation that has been caused by flooding in many parts of the state. Some families are still challenged by flooding while others are engaged in cleaning up and making safe and habitable homes, farms and businesses that were damaged. Many have not received any compensation.

“On Tuesday in the Dáil I challenged the Taoiseach on the lack of progress following his meeting with the insurance companies. In a statement the insurance sector were sceptical of the government’s focus on demountable defences – those which require manual intervention to work – and acknowledged that ‘cover would remain a problem.’

“Households and businesses at risk of further flooding are looking for solutions not periodic bluster from Government Ministers.

“The government response to flooding has been chaotic. Its plans for flood defences have been woefully inadequate and its dithering around securing insurance is leaving citizens vulnerable.

“The Department of Finance is carrying out an analysis of insurance. The Taoiseach needs to spell out when this report will be completed and published.

“If the insurance companies are not prepared to provide insurance cover then the government has a responsibility to fill this gap and support families and businesses.”


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