Calleary urges Govt to seek EU Solidarity Funding for flood damage in Mayo

FloodFianna Fáil Mayo TD Dara Calleary has called on the Government to apply for regional funding to help communities pay for some of the devastation caused as a result of the recent freak weather conditions.

Deputy Calleary said communities throughout Mayo that were affected by the high winds and floods face considerable repair costs.

“I attended a community meeting organised by the IFA this week, where the extent of the damage caused was outlined. There are a number of measures that can be taken to ease some of the burden on those affected.

“I am calling for the suspension of all Department of Agriculture inspections within the areas that were affected by the storms to allow for farmers to repair the damage. I am also calling for full compensation for the extraordinary amount of damage that was caused.

“A number of small fishermen were also affected by the storms and many vessels lost vital equipment. No one was spared from the storms and it is important that an adequate compensation package is put in place.

“MEP Pat The Cope Gallagher organised a meeting this week with the EU Commissioner for Regional Development, where a case for Ireland to receive money from the EU Solidarity Fund was made.

“The Commissioner told the Fianna Fáil delegation that Ireland should apply for funding on a regional basis and there is a strong case for the Western seaboard to receive compensation.
“In 2009, the Irish Government received €13 million in relief funding for the devastating floods of that year. There is precedence for compensation but the Government needs to immediately apply for relief from the EU Solidarity Fund for Mayo and the Western counties.”