Cabinet agrees Govt to give further €70m towards storm repairs

Tuesday 11 February 2014 23.27
Funding will be made through the Department of Environment
Funding will be made through the Department of Environment

The Cabinet has agreed to provide funding of up to €70 million towards repairing the damage caused by the recent bad weather.

The €70m is in addition to the €25 million already announced by the Government.

It is understood the funding will be made through the Department of Environment.

In total, €16 million is being allocated towards roads, €19 million on coastal protection, €7 million on piers and harbours, and €6 million on tourism infrastructure.

It is also understood that €12 million will be allocated to other local authority and community infrastructure, while €10 million will go towards transport and OPW infrastructure.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney has said he will make a statement in the Dáil on Wednesday about the Government's response.

He said he had visited counties Galway and Clare last Friday and a lot of damage had been done. 

Calls for fast response to damage

Meanwhile, a senior engineer with Clare County Council has said that damaged tourist areas of the county must be repaired without delay.

Tom Tiernan said significant repairs must be made to up to 40 sites across the county.

His comments come after the council stated that the cost of repairing the damage done by recent storms could be €35m.  

"There are a total of 40 sites containing public infrastructure along the coast of Clare, from Galway Bay and up into the Shannon Estuary.

"There are several key locations that are a key component to the tourist industry, which is a cornerstone of the economy of Co Clare.

"Not just Lahinch, but areas like Kilkee, Spanish Point, New Quay, Liscannor and Loop Head peninsula."

Elsewhere, Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has said the Government has decided to give €500,000 to the St Vincent De Paul society and a further €500,000 to the Irish Red Cross so that they will have as many vehicles as possible to distribute relief.

He said the next phase will be to get full oversight of the damage to infrastructure around the country.

He said the Government will be getting a report on the damage from the Minister for the Environment today.