State should look after its own - not send €640m aid abroad
The recent floods have undoubtedly created enormous hardship and heartache around the country with the prospect of such flooding occurring and re-occurring being a major concern for all those affected.
As we face into an election, political minds are suddenly focused on the issue, with some trying to get political gain from it all at the expense of those suffering. It is too serious an issue to make a political football out of this misfortune, as all of the parties of governance ought to share a portion of blame for inaction and for allowing bad planning practices of the past that have partly contributed to the problem.
A solution needs to be reached to address the problem, but as usual, with some of our politicians, one of their first solutions is the imposition of yet another levy on insurance policies, as if the general public do not have enough insurance and other levies to cope with already. Such a levy will not solve the issue of flooding, as the problems will still exist.