Tuesday 23 January 2018

#WhereIsEnda trends on Twitter as 88% vote that Ministers are 'not showing enough support' for flood affected

88% of Independent.ie respondents voted that Irish ministers are not showing enough support for those affected by flood and storm damage

Bertie Ahern surveys the damage to homes after the River Tolka burst its bank in Dublin in November 2002
Bertie Ahern surveys the damage to homes after the River Tolka burst its bank in Dublin in November 2002
Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

#WhereIsEnda is trending on Twitter this morning as the results of the Independent.ie poll are coming in.

88% of those polled on Twitter and 83% of those polled on Independent.ie believe that that Taoiseach and Ministers are "not showing enough support" for those affected by flood damage in the wake of the latest severe weather to hit the country in recent weeks.

Ireland has been hit with storm after storm in recent weeks, with Storm Frank coming hot on the heels of Storm Eva and Storm Desmond.

Read more: Storm Frank: Kenny's visit to flood areas 'not for photoshoots' 

A now-iconic photo of Bertie Ahearn standing in floodwaters in wellies sparked a debate yesterday about the visibility of the Government and the Taoiseach in these stressful times.

Rural Affairs Minister Ann Phelan declined to defend the Taoiseach's absence, saying she doesn't know his schedule.

Simon Harris defended the Taoiseach, saying “The Taoiseach isn’t just putting on the wellies and doing the Bertie Ahern standing in a puddle of water saying 'look at me taking action'".

Read more: Simon Harris: Taoiseach isn't doing the Bertie Ahern and putting on the wellies 

“The Taoiseach is taking action. He’s putting the funds in place, the €430m more than we’ve ever put in place before".

However, others have noted that there has been no flooding in the Drumcondra area after Mr Ahern was influential in introducing flood defence systems along the Tolka.

Waterford councillor Adam Wyse joined those on Twitter mocking the Taoiseach, writing "I'm starting to get a little worried, does anyone have Liam Neeson's phone number?"

The UK have been hit with flooding as a result of the same storms and UK Prime Minister David Cameron has been praised for spending days meeting with affected communities.

Storm Frank: Kenny's visit to flood areas 'not for photoshoots'

Flooding has affected thousands of people around the country with the Defence Forces deployed to help stricken families.

In Cork, a coffin and mourners had to be carried to the church and then to the graveyard on a tractor in order to pass flooded roads in iconic pictures taken in recent days.

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