President Higgins on flood visits as clean-up row rages
PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins is to show a "gesture of solidarity" to flood-hit householders and traders with a visit to Limerick and Cork today.
Mr Higgins will visit the flooded areas of both cities and meet with businesses and householders who suffered water damages.
In Limerick, the bulk of the damage was suffered by householders, while in Cork the damage was largely focused on traders in the South Mall, Oliver Plunkett Street, Grand Parade and South Quay areas.
He will also be briefed on ongoing clean-up operations and flood defence plans.
The visit comes as it emerged that landowners face millions of euro in river clean-up costs after councils received legal advice that such work is the property owners' responsibility.
Farm groups warned that it was outrageous for councils to expect land owners to foot hefty river clean-up bills.
Harold Kingston of the IFA said it was unworkable given the failure of state agencies such as Inland Fisheries Ireland to provide accurate information on issues such as spawning grounds for salmon.
River clean-ups can prove costly given the inaccessibility of some streams and water sources, coupled with the quantity of material to be removed.