Time to bring closure for flood victim families


The need for resolution for families whose lives and homes were destroyed by flooding in 2009 was highlighted to Minister Joan Burton by Paul Connaughton T.D. during a meeting on Thursday morning last in Leinster House.

“I attended a meeting with Minister Joan Burton and officials from her Department in relation to the devastating flooding suffered by families in County Galway in 2009.  At that meeting, I highlighted to the Minister the need for the remaining issues to be resolved so that these families can get closure on what was a very traumatic period for them.

“It has proved extremely difficult to impose a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution on this problem as each case is unique and a solution proposed for one family will not be at all suitable for another family.

“This matter must be brought to a conclusion as soon as possible as the affected families have already been waiting for three years now.  Not alone did they have to endure seeing their family home destroyed and with it many valuable possessions, but they also have had to endure three years of uncertainty in terms of creating a new home for themselves and their families.

“I have requested that the Minister investigate how this scheme can be altered to ensure the best possible result for the families involved.  Everyone in Government realises that there is a huge financial strain on the country’s coffers, but these people’s lives were destroyed and it is high time that this issue was resolved for once and for all,” concluded Deputy Connaughton.