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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Council denies charging €4 for sandbags

David Raleigh

Published 04/02/2014 | 02:30

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FURIOUS residents complained that they had been charged €4 for sandbags as flood waters neared their homes.

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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.

Some residents confronted Minister for the Office of Public Works Brian Hayes and Finance Minister Michael Noonan over the controversy when they visited the estate.

"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.

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