County Clare must get it’s fair share of EU funding to repair the damage caused by serious flooding last year – BREEN

September 23rd, 2010 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has welcomed the news that the European Union will provide €13.02 million from its Solidarity Fund to assist Ireland to repair the damage caused by the serious flooding of last year. Now that EU funding has been allocated Deputy Breen wants to see County Clare receive its fair share of the National Allocation. He has also urged the Environment Minister John Gormley to introduce a grant-aided Scheme to alleviate the cost for homeowners, businesses and farmers who may have to put in place their own flood preventative measures ahead of this winter.

Deputy Breen was part of a delegation from the Oireachtas European Affairs Committee who travelled to Brussels last December to meet with the EU Commissioner with responsibility for Regional Development, Mr Pavel Samecki.

“When we met with Commissioner Samecki last December, we put forward a very strong case for funding and we explained the situation that we had experienced, especially here in Clare when hundreds of people had to be evacuated from their homes, and when many businesses and acres of agricultural land were swamped with water. I welcome the fact that Commissioner Samecki has responded positively to our Meeting and the case which we put forward and that he has now allocated €13.02m to Ireland from the Solidarity Fund”.

“Now that EU funding has been allocated it is important that County Clare receives its fair share of the national allocation. Another winter is fast approaching and there is huge concern throughoute its fair share of the National Allocation. He has also urged the Environment Minister John Gormley to introduce a grant-aided Scheme to alleviate the cost for homeowners, businesses and farmers who may have to put in place their own flood preventative measures ahead of this winter.

Deputy Breen was part of a delegation from the Oireachtas European Affairs Committee who travelled to Brussels last December to meet with the EU Commissioner with responsibility for Regional Development, Mr Pavel Samecki.

“When we met with Commissioner Samecki last December, we put forward a very strong case for funding and we explained the situation that we had experienced, especially here in Clare when hundreds of people had to be evacuated from their homes, and when many businesses and acres of agricultural land were swamped with water. I welcome the fact that Commissioner Samecki has responded positively to our Meeting and the case which we put forward and that he has now allocated €13.02m to Ireland from the Solidarity Fund”.

“Now that EU funding has been allocated it is important that County Clare receives its fair share of the national allocation. Another winter is fast approaching and there is huge concern throughout the County that preventative measures will not be in place in time should we experience a repeat of the serious flooding which we witnessed late last year.”

“While the majority of this allocation will go to Local Authority and OPW funded projects, I believe that the Environment Minister John Gormley should give serious consideration to introducing a grant-aided scheme to assist homeowners, business people an