Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Eugene Murphy TD, has highlighted the growing flood risks in towns and villages across the country and said the government’s actions are too little too late for many businesses and farming communities.

Deputy Murphy commented, “The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht have launched their public consultation on their climate change adaptation plan to address impacts on built and archaeological heritage. Highlighted in the draft report is a number of serious flooding risks for large towns and cities nationwide.

“Farm land is at particular risk. I have met with many members of the farming community who yearly have their lands put out of use due to flooding. Not only is there damage done to lands, there is a risk to livestock and farm buildings.  

“We cannot have a repeat of the scene over previous years which seen many businesses in the Roscommon-Galway area closed during the last period of flooding.

“I would encourage those under threat from flooding to make their views known to the report through submissions. Flooding has become an annual disaster for businesses and communities. The government must improve the actions carried out in this area,” concluded Deputy Murphy.