GOVERNMENT’S €15M FLOOD RELIEF FUNDING TO QUICKLY COME ON STREAM

After the disastrous floods in Cork city in November 2009, some families didn't get assistance until early 2010.

Homes and businesses affected in the aftermath of the worst flooding experienced in 20 years are to receive €15 million in humanitarian aid from the Government.

Two separate multi-million euro funds will be fast-tracked to ensure both families and small businesses who have been affected by the extreme weather conditions will receive aid as soon as possible.

A total of €10 million has been set aside for households through community welfare offices, while €5 million has been designated to support small businesses, particularly in towns recognised to be at flood risk by the OPW, and which have been unable to get flood risk insurance.

The funding for small businesses, to be administered by the Irish Red Cross, will target businesses in Speaking to RTE Radio One’s Morning Ireland, Tony Lawlor of the Irish Red Cross welcomed the move and said the funding aims to be as “straightforward and unbureaucratic as possible”. The detailed criteria has yet to be finalised.

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney welcomed the Government’s recognition of the impact of the floods on businesses. “The impact in the peak Christmas period for businesses is particularly severe,” he noted.

This is the first time, he said, that the Government has taken the decision to support businesses hit hard by floods who don’t have insurance .The fund is intended for businesses in those towns recognised to be at flood risk by the OPW, and which have been unable to get flood risk insurance. The detailed criteria has yet to be finalised.