FF attacks the Government's 'unacceptable' flood response
Fianna Fáil has criticised delays in support for businesses and farmers hit by the recent Donegal floods as it tabled a Dáil motion it said would improve the State's response to such disasters.
Local Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue said the damage caused by the floods in Donegal was "immense" and a delay in a scheme to help small businesses and sports organisations and a separate fund for farmers "wasn't acceptable".
But Fine Gael constituency rival and Government Chief Whip Joe McHugh accused Fianna Fáil of seeking to make "a political row" out of the flooding disaster.
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The Fianna Fáil motion calls for the passing of legislation aimed at ensuring homes and businesses in flood-hit areas can get insurance and for emergency funding schemes to be extended.
The Government is opposing the motion.
Junior Housing Minister Damien English insisted that the State's response to the floods "by and large, worked well".