The Government has approved a proposal that householders in Cork affected by the recent flooding be given access to a €10m hardship fund.

The fund was established following severe flooding in Dublin and Monaghan last October and its extension to flood victims in Cork was proposed by Social Protection Minister Joan Burton at today's Cabinet meeting.

It is intended to provide emergency aid to householders who cannot afford to pay for their essential needs in the immediate aftermath of a flooding incident.

It is over two weeks since a night of torrential rain flooded many parts of Cork city and county.

Dozens of businesses still have not reopened and many people have been unable to return to their homes.

All 49 houses in the Meadowbrook estate at Glanmire flooded early on the morning of 28 June, and many businesses in Douglas have yet to reopen.

At Park Court in Ballyvolane some residents still have not returned to their homes, while Clonakilty is west Cork is also still counting the cost of the damage.