Wednesday 3rd January, 2018
Press statement by Hildegarde Naughton TD
Fine Gael, Galway West and South Mayo
Naughton Welcomes Major Flood Defences Commitment for Galway
Humanitarian Assistance Scheme to be Activated as Necessary.
The Minister for State at the Office of Public Works, Minister Kevin “Boxer” Moran, has today announced that the Government will give priority to a major flood defence system for Galway, local Fine Gael TD Hildegarde Naughton has confirmed.
“After this week’s storm Eleanor saw unprecedented and unexpected damage to Galway roads, businesses and houses, I am delighted to see this commitment from my Government colleagues”.
“In this era of global warming it is no longer enough to rely on weather forecasting. There is practically no way to predict our weather patterns and resultant flooding with any degree of certainty. As a result we need a permanent flood defence structure,” the Deputy said.
“Having discussed this matter on Tuesday night with the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, I am very pleased to see such a quick response from central Government,” said the Galway West TD.
On Tuesday evening I also discussed the situation on the ground with the National Director for Emergency Management, Sean Hogan. He informed me that the National Emergency Committee will meet today to assess storm damage in light of reports from Local Authorities.
“While the scale of the damage caused was unexpected and unprecedented, the time for merely responsive measures has passed. We must now concentrate on the creation of systematic flood defences to protect the people of Galway”, the local T.D. added.
Help for Householders
“In addition and having seen the difficulties experienced by residents in several areas of Galway, I am also pleased to announce that Community Welfare Services staff will engage with Galway local authorities and quickly assess the level of service required in the Galway area. This interagency response ensures that supports will be provided to those affected as swiftly as possible. As the clean-up operations begin, financial supports will be made available to householders affected and the Humanitarian Assistance scheme activated as necessary,” Deputy Naughton noted.