Friday 17 November 2017

Alan Kelly: The water has subsided - let's prioritise flood protection

Environment Minister Alan Kelly. Photo: Gareth Chaney
Environment Minister Alan Kelly. Photo: Gareth Chaney

Alan Kelly

As the flood waters of the Shannon and other areas have partially subsided, now is the time to reflect on how best to make our towns, villages and homes more flood resilient and how we must adapt to more severe flooding events.

In the midst of the bad weather, it is very important for politicians and ministers to meet people affected, lead from the front and ensure that all steps are taken to respond to their harrowing experiences.

However, meaningful leadership is needed now so that we develop a plan for dealing with the problem, not just cynical photo-ops.

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