Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin is calling on the Government to establish a taskforce with a specific mandate and timeframe to ensure that insurance companies and banks with clients who were victims of the flash flooding in Cork are dealt with as quickly as possible.  The Government should also establish a compensation fund with quick access to those in the most need.

Deputy Martin said: “The cost of damage done by Wednesday’s torrential rain and flooding will run to millions of euro.  Homes and businesses in Douglas, Togher and across the city and county have been destroyed. It will take some homes and shops months to recover and some may wonder if it is worthwhile doing so.

“I am calling on the Government to establish a taskforce for Cork that pulls together all the supports and information people will need.  This would be made up of local authority representatives, officials from government, the banks, the Irish Insurance Federation and community representatives.  This should operate alongside a Government compensation package to help people in the most need.

“It’s crucial that neither the banks nor insurance companies are allowed drag their feet and delay recovery for homeowners and businesses.  The Government needs a comprehensive response for the people of Cork and I believe this would go a long way towards ensuring that people are able to access the information and help that they need now.”