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Flooding at Seafield, Quilty caused by a storm last year. Photograph by John Kelly.

EU aid for uninsured damaged property

EU funding for storm damage will cover both private and public infrastructure in Ireland, that is otherwise uninsured, which is a new departure from previous applications under the EU Solidarity Fund. That was confirmed by Sean Kelly MEP after his meeting with Regional EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn in Strasbourg today.
Mr Kelly, who is Ireland’s only full member of the Parliament’s Regional Development Committee which oversees the Solidarity Fund, said Commissioner Hahn was very positive and supportive of Ireland making an application under the solidarity fund.

“In a new departure, the fund will cover private and public infrastructural damage. So I am calling on all city and county councils to immediately prepare a comprehensive overview of the damage caused and the cost of repair so that the government can prepare an overall application under the fund.

The deadline for the application is 10 weeks – but that is from the end of the storm, not the start, which gives us a little more time. It is very doable and Ireland is encouraged to apply – I am urging the Government and local authorities to begin work on this right away,” the South MEP said.

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