Saturday 16 December 2017

Families in flood-prone areas to be relocated in new Government plan

Sean Canney, Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief. Photo: Tom Burke
Sean Canney, Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief. Photo: Tom Burke
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

THE Cabinet has given approval to a major flood relief plan that will involve the relocation of families living in flood prone areas, Independent.ie has learned.

The plan, devised by Minister of State at the OPW Sean Canney, also proposes giving consideration to the dredging of the River Shannon.

And it also says a feasibility study will be carried out into the setting up of a farm building relocation scheme in a bid to assist farmers whose assets are left damaged by floodwater.

The plan was signed off by Ministers at Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting.

Sources say there is a recognition within Government circles that the State must be better prepared for the prospect of flooding this winter.

In relation to families in flood prone areas, they will be invited through their local authorities to apply for funding to aid their relocation.

Last year, communities across the country were left devastated as a result of back-to-back storms.

However, any prospect of forcing insurance companies to provide cover in areas that are flood prone appear to be a long way off.

While the plan states that there will be quarterly meetings between Government and the insurance industry, discussions remain ongoing about the issue of so-called demountables.

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