FIANNA FÁIL spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport, Timmy Dooley is to meet the EU Commissioner for Regional Development, Johannes Hahn, today to seek EU assistance for the flood damage around the country. He will be joining MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher at the meeting in Strasbourg.
“There is a mechanism in place for relief funding to be provided for countries that encounter severe weather conditions. In 2009, the Irish Government received €13 million in relief funding for the devastating floods of that year.
“The Government needs to immediately apply for relief from the EU Solidarity Fund, we have already heard from Clare County Council that there was over €24m worth of damage caused in the county. Councils throughout the country are already struggling with substantially reduced Government grants and they urgently need some relief funding from central government and from Europe,” Deputy Dooley said.