Minister of State Brian Hayes has said lessons have to be learned from Monday’s floods and that the response could have been more effective.

Insurance companies are beginning the process of dealing with claims for damage to properties across the east of the country.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Mr Hayes, who is Minister for State for the Office of Public Works, said the response by the local authorities was not adequate.

Mr Hayes agreed people who could not obtain insurance would be treated sympathetically.

He said he would look at the issue of State insurance for people whose houses could not be insured commercially.

Elsewhere, Our Lady's Hospice & Care Services in Harold's Cross, Dublin, has extended its sympathies to the family Celia Ferrer De Jesus, the Philippines-born nurse who died as a result of flooding at her home in the city two days ago.

The 58-year-old mother-of-one had worked at the hospice since 2001.

She was one of two people who died in flooding.

In Co Wicklow, the body of 25-year old Garda Ciaran Jones was recovered from the River Liffey yesterday after he was swept into the waters.