Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has called on the Government to do more to assist families and businesses that have been hit by the latest flooding caused by Storm Frank.

Deputy Martin says the Government has been far too slow to respond to the needs of flooded communities in recent days.

“Met Éireann have been warning of the flooding threat posed by Storm Frank since early in the week. However despite this there is no sense of urgency from the Government in responding to the needs of flooded communities. Where is the Taoiseach and why has he failed to co-ordinate a countrywide response to the latest flooding?

“Further heavy rain is forecast in the days ahead so the risk of further flooding remains high. The Government needs to co-ordinate a comprehensive response to the flooding to ensure that further disruption is minimised. The Defence Forces should be mobilised on a larger scale to help the flood relief efforts, and the necessary resources need to be allocated to state agencies and voluntary organisations to allow them tackle the flooding as best they can.

“Furthermore the Local Authorities should be given permission to release emergency funding to assist families in need. The Government should apply to the EU Solidarity Fund in light of the severe damage and disruption caused by these storms. More heavy duty pumps are needed for the Shannon area and East Galway to help combat rising flood waters.

“This is a national emergency that requires an appropriate response from Government. It cannot be business as usual for the Taoiseach and his Ministers,” concluded Deputy Martin.