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Saturday 23 August 2014

President Higgins buoys damp spirits as he tours stricken cities

Ralph Riegel and Kathryn Hayes

Published 11/02/2014 | 02:30

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President Michael D Higgins meets Ger Hogan and residents of King's Island, Limerick, when he paid a visit to victims of the recent flooding and the emergency services. Picture: PRESS 22
President Michael D Higgins meets Ger Hogan and residents of King's Island, Limerick, when he paid a visit to victims of the recent flooding and the emergency services. Picture: PRESS 22
Ger Hogan and Peg who brought so many local people to safety on his sulky in  St Mary's Park, Limerick. Photo: Eamon Ward
Ger Hogan and Peg who brought so many local people to safety on his sulky in St Mary's Park, Limerick. Photo: Eamon Ward

HE didn't part the floodwaters but President Michael D Higgins did manage to buoy dampened spirits in storm-hammered Cork and Limerick.

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Mr Higgins toured Limerick and Cork city centres and met traders and homeowners still reeling from last week's floods.

In Limerick, he personally appealed for help for a mother of nine now forced to live in a caravan.

Jessica McNamara (33) broke down in tears after meeting Mr Higgins. She had to be rescued from her flooded home along with her nine children.

Later, Mr Higgins toured the South Mall, Pembroke Street and Oliver Plunkett Street in Cork.

Cork and Limerick together suffered over €50m in damage in just 48 hours.

Mr Higgins was guided by Cork Business Association official and restaurant owner Claire Nash, whose premises suffered its worst flood damage in 22 years. "I think it is important that what happened here was acknowledged," she said.

Irish Independent

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