€10m Humanitarian Assistance Scheme welcome but Govt needs to act on flood defences – O’Brien

Published on: 09 November 2011

Dublin North Senator Darragh O’Brien has welcomed the launch of a Humanitarian Assistance Scheme of up to €10 million to help people whose property has been damaged in the recent flooding in Dublin.

Senator O’Brien said: “This is a very welcome scheme and it will provide much needed relief for people who’ve suffered significant losses with damage to carpets, flooring and furniture as well as extensive damage to their homes.

“I have visited residents of the Kinsealy-Melrose area of Kinsealy and the Holywell area of Swords.  There are many cases unfortunately of residents suffering flood damage for the third time in the last two a half years.

“I am calling on the local authorities and in particular Fingal County Council to act on the information on flooding that I have given them.  My colleague Councillor Eoghan O’Brien has also done extensive work on this issue as well.  We are calling on the local authorities to ensure, as much as possible, that remedial work on flood defences, particularly the clearing of culverts to channel excess water, is carried out.

“Separately while the Government’s immediate Humanitarian Assistance Scheme of up to €10 million is very welcome there must be a more co-ordinate approach to the issue of flooding.  Emergency funding after a significant flooding event is important but we should be putting the money into flood and storm defences.  We need to invest in structural works through central funding from the Office of Public Works.

“My colleague Councillor Eoghan O’Brien has sought a report from Fingal County Council on why flood prevention measures have not been implemented at Kinsealy since 2008 when serious flooding occurred in the same area?” 

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