Council denies charging €4 for sandbags
Published 04/02/2014 | 02:30
FURIOUS residents complained that they had been charged €4 for sandbags as flood waters neared their homes.
Limerick residents complained that they were forced to hand over the money to a person claiming to have been a council employee.
Limerick City Council responded that it had put out an "enormous amount" of sandbags and would never charge residents for the service.
Council spokesman Eugene Griffin said: "Under no circumstances would the Council engage in anything like that. Not a hope."
He said that he had heard the claims circulated around St Mary's Park – the worst-affected area of the flooding in Limerick – but that there was no truth in the council being involved.
"They weren't here on Saturday afternoon bagging sandbags when people were been charged €4 a go for them," Gerry Donovan said as he and a large group of residents met the two ministers.
VITAL ORGAN FLIGHT DELAYED
A COMMERCIAL flight was delayed for half an hour at an airport waiting for a human organ because the weather had grounded an air ambulance.
The Defence Forces said they were not in a position to fly the heart from Kerry to Dublin because of high winds. Luckily the 7.30am flight from Kerry Airport to Dublin, operated by Aer Lingus Regional, was in a position to take off.
A spokesman for the Defence Forces said that it had not been possible to provide either a helicopter or plane on Sunday night because of turbulence.
Kerry and Donegal are the only regional airports to have retained their public service obligations (PSO) contracts, a subsidy paid by the Government to support regions furthest from the capital – though these are currently under review by Transport Minister Leo Varadkar.