Fine Gael TD for Meath East and Member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht, Helen McEntee has said that the Committee’s report on Flooding and Property Insurance in Ireland will help provide solutions to the issues faced by flood affected homeowners. The report was launched today in Leinster House.
“The Committee’s report is obviously particularly relevant at the moment. The scenes from the midlands, the west and the mid-west of the country have been heart rending.We had similar scenes in south Meath last year when freak rain fall left many homes in Ashbourne flooded and roads throughout the county impassable. The aftermath is still being felt by many and there is a genuine fear that it will occur again . To make things worse many of those affected by flooding will not have been insured due to a reluctance by insurance companies to cover them due to their location.
“The Committee has put forward a list of proposed recommendations in the areas of flood defence systems, early warning systems, planning matters and a disaster fund that could be used to offset the cost for those without insurance.
“Given the difficulty that those in flood prone areas face in getting their properties insured, the Committee felt it was necessary to assess the current situation and put forward proposals on how it can be managed in the future.
“I hope that this report can inform government actions so that people in areas which are susceptible to flooding can get the protection they need.”