Thursday 22 March 2018

Taoiseach urged to recall the Cabinet for emergency Storm Frank meeting

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been urged to recall the Cabinet for an emergency meeting in the wake of Storm Frank.

Mr Kenny’s absence from flood-hit areas has been described as “astonishing” by Fianna Fáil who claim that Mr Kenny made a decision “not to interrupt his Christmas holidays”.

Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson for the environment Barry Cowen said: “People feel neglected by the Government.”

“Met Éireann have been warning of the dangers posed by this storm for a number of days now.

“The Taoiseach needs to get on the ground and see for himself the extensive disruption caused by flooding in areas such as Galway, Clare, Cork and Kilkenny.”

Mr Cowen said the Taoiseach needs to release emergency funding for the families and businesses affected.

“Too many people across the country have reported that they have been unable to access emergency funding to date, despite previous Government commitments that such relief would be provided immediately. It’s simply unacceptable to expect these communities to fend for themselves.”

He added: “Unfortunately the flooding is likely to escalate in the hours ahead as floodwaters head downstream towards urban areas. A special meeting of the cabinet is necessary to co-ordinate the response to the floods.

“Local authorities, emergency services, the OPW and voluntary agencies need support from central Government to allow them be best placed to respond to the flooding.”

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