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A view of the destruction caused following the latest high seas and gales at Kilkee. Photograph by John Kelly.

Additional finance for flood damage

FINANCE Minister Michael Noonan has confirmed that additional funding will be made available to deal with the aftermath of flooding due to the Catherine and Bridget storms.

Speaking in Limerick this Monday afternoon, where he viewed flood damage,  he said he expected that the scale of devastation caused in recent weeks would mean that more money would be needed from central Government.

Mr Noonan said the funding would come from the national budget and that the amounts required would be affordable in the overall national context.

Individual local authorities are estimating the cost of damage and then when the overall

Minister of State for the Office of Public Works Brian Hayes said a full assessment of the damage in western counties in January was due this week and a memo would be brought before a Cabinet meeting next week.

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