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€10m handout for flooded families

Homeowners are to benefit from a €10m aid package to help with repairs and basic living needs after the floods.

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton and Environment Minister Phil Hogan said the funding will be allocated via a means-tested incentive.

Ms Bruton said Government officials have been meeting with families most affected to identify the most vulnerable.

"I have seen first hand the damage to some people's homes.

"The Government recognises the devastation suffered by many families arising from these floods. Payments are being made to families who need urgent assistance with basics such as food and bedding.

"I am conscious that for some families it could be months before the damage is fully apparent. I would like to reassure families that this assistance scheme will be there for them in the months ahead."

She said the funding will be provided on an ongoing basis until the full damage is assessed.

A working group will examine the state's response and it will be overseen by the Department of the Environment.

The group will also comprise representatives from the Department of Public Expenditure, the OPW and the City Manager's Association.

Minister Hogan said the group will work in a "speedy and focused way" to ensure that the needs of families are met.

However, insurers have claimed that the estimated damage will average €100 million, but the Government said the funding will provide hardship relief as opposed to full compensation.

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