Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has praised the work of the emergency services in Cork overnight as flooding hit the city and county.

The Cork South Central deputy commented: “There will be many people in Douglas, Togher and across the city and county this morning assessing the impact and damage of this freak weather for June, with parts of Douglas reporting a metre of water.  I want to pay tribute to all the emergency services who worked through the night to ensure people’s safety.  Residents of Cork have been here before and every time our emergency personnel have stepped up to the mark.

“Cork appears to have borne the brunt of the flooding with Douglas Village impassable for a number of hours and rising water also affecting Togher, Kinsale and the south ring road.  Across the county as well I know hundreds if not thousands of people are affected in Mallow, Clonakilty, Dunmanway and Ballinascarthy.

“The immediate priority for the city and county council is to deal with the immediate challenges that this presents and I want to praise the local authority staff that have been working with residents and the emergency services as part of the flood response operation.  However I believe there is a need for the local authorities and the Government look at the flood prevention measures for the city in the weeks ahead.  I acknowledge this was freak weather for the time of year but it is important that residents know that the city has a robust plan to withstand these emergencies when they hit.”