Fianna Fáil TD for Longford – Westmeath says the Government must set aside Dáil time next Wednesday to debate ‘The Shannon River Agency Bill 2015’.
The Bill, which was published by Deputy Troy last week offers an opportunity to create a single new agency to bring together the various bodies and authorities involved in managing the Shannon.
Deputy Troy commented, “The Government response to the widespread flooding in the Shannon region has been woefully inadequate to date. Unfortunately the Taoiseach did not take on board Fianna Fáil’s call for the Dáil to be recalled early in order to set out what needs to be done to address the crisis.
“Next week I will be introducing a Bill in the Dáil which will create a single new agency to manage the Shannon River. Having a single agency involved in the management of the Shannon will help prevent future flooding, and will allow for a timelier and co-ordinated response to future storms.
“The Taoiseach must ensure adequate time is set aside to debate this Bill. Merely scheduling Dáil statements will be unacceptable as people want real and meaningful action to be taken and not more empty platitudes by the Government,” said Deputy Troy.