Three meetings held with dozens of agencies
Published 06/01/2016 | 02:30
Three separate meetings were held yesterday to discuss the ongoing flooding crisis which has hit almost every county across the country.
The National Coordination Group met at the National Emergency Coordination Centre on Kildare Street, while Taoiseach Enda Kenny and OPW Minister Simon Harris met with agencies involved in overseeing the River Shannon.
Finally, the flooding crisis was discussed at Cabinet.
Almost every arm of Government has been involved during the process.
Among the agencies that were invited to attend meetings of the National Coordination Group yesterday included all Government departments including Environment, which is the lead agency for flooding and severe weather.
Others included Transport, Finance, Social Protection, Public Expenditure and Reform, Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (which has responsibility for the National Parks and Wildlife Service), Children and Youth Affairs, Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Defence, Education and Skills, Health, Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Justice and Equality and Department of the Taoiseach.
Other agencies included the Office of Public Works, the ESB, HSE, An Garda Síochána, Defence Forces, Civil Defence, Waterways Ireland, Met Éireann, the Office of Emergency Planning, Environmental Protection Agency and Red Cross.
The local government sector, which manages relief efforts on the ground, was represented by the Local Government Management Agency. It coordinates responses among the city and county councils.