Breen to raise plight of flood victims at Meeting with EU Commissioner on Friday in Brussels.

December 3rd, 2009 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen will travel to Brussels on Friday, next, 4th December 2009 as part of a European Affairs Committee delegation to meet with the EU Commissioner for Regional Development Pawel Samecki to press the case for additional funding to be made available for Clare families, farmers and businesses affected by the recent flooding crisis.
Chairman of the European Affairs Committee, Deputy Bernard Durkan T.D. will lead the delegation and a number of other members of the European Affairs Committee will also be travelling.

“The provision of €10m in funding announced for the victims of flooding by the Government last week is wholly inadequate to deal with the extent of the current crisis. I have visited all of the areas affected by flooding over the past week. Many families have been evacuated from their homes, in Ennis alone some 37 families who were evacuated are still being put up in temporary accommodation in the West County. Numerous Schools throughout the County had to close, there were several road closures and indeed five families continue to be isolated on the old Quin to Tulla Road which still remains closed. I visited Clonlara again on Sunday morning and several areas remain submerged in water with families worried about the threat posed by any further release of water from the Parteen Weir and high tides which are expected over the next number of days. Thousands of acres of farm land throughout this county remains under water and will do so for quite some considerable period of time. It is appalling situation and it is so close to Christmas.”

“I will be urging Commissioner Samecki to give every consideration to providing extra funding under the 2002 Solidarity Funding to assist these families, farmers and businesses who have borne the brunt of the recent crisis. The reality is that the Government’s response to date has been wholly inadequate and we must now depend our EU counterparts to assist.”