Fine Gael TD for Galway West & Mayo South

Flooding caused by Storm Eleanor

With the severity of the flooding and damage caused by Storm Eleanor on Tuesday evening I have been in contact with the City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath, the Minister for Defence, Paul Kehoe, TD, the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, TD, and the Minister of State for the OPW and Flood Relief, Kevin Boxer Moran, TD.

While the damage and the flooding will be examined today, large parts of the city centre and parts of the county have been greatly impacted by the flooding caused by the first storm of 2018, Storm Eleanor.

As a result of the speed and the unexpected scale of the flooding a number of homes, businesses and organisations have been affected. The Government is providing support to help those affected by the flooding.

Since last night (Tuesday) Defence Forces personnel and equipment have been deployed and are working alongside council staff in tackling the flooding.

Minister for Defence, Paul Kehoe has confirmed to me that a Humanitarian Flood Scheme has been launched which will be administered by the Irish Red Cross. This is a contribution by Government of up to €20,000 towards repairing flooded premises and includes the replacement of flooring, fixtures and fittings. The Scheme is targeted at small businesses (up to 20 workers), sports clubs and community organisations that have been unable to secure flood insurance.

The first stage of the Scheme will start immediately and will provide a contribution of up to €5,000 to help with clean up and repair. In cases of signifiant damage a second phase of funding with further support of up €15,000 will also be available.

In terms of support for affected households, Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty has confirmed to me that the Department’s staff, including the Community Welfare Services staff are available, including at the Intreo Office in the City, to support householders in areas affected by Storm Eleanor. Financial supports will be made available to householders affected and Minister Doherty has confirmed that the Department’s Humanitarian Assistance Scheme will be activated if necessary.

Minister of State for the OPW and Flood Relief, Kevin Boxer Moran, TD, will be in Galway today (Wednesday).

I want to commend and thank all of workers and people who have been working and continue to work to tackle the flooding and in the clean up operations.