Sunday 23 July 2017

No excuse for Government's failure to protect us from floods

Flooded fields and roads near Athlone, Co Westmeath.
Flooded fields and roads near Athlone, Co Westmeath.
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

I applaud the gist of your editorial saying that leadership and courage are required in the face of adversity (Irish Independent, December 31). This is the truest test of civilisation.

Our elected representatives cannot be responsible for natural calamities such as flooding and hurricanes. However, they are endowed with inalienable powers and authorities to install advanced safety technology, and preventative strategies to protect their populace and enhance community resilience to withstand water-borne diseases and health security threats. There can be no excuse this time. Our regions have faced and are bound to face extreme weather conditions in the future. Animals, plants, the elderly, the infirm, the disabled, the homeless, the downtrodden, the refugees and the poor are often those who bear the brunt of climate change.

A country should be judged by the way it treats its weakest and most vulnerable citizens. As Hubert Humphrey put it: "The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children, those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped."

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