Government Chief Whip Joe McHugh has said lessons will have to be learned from the response to the flooding which took place in Donegal last month.

The Fine Gael TD for Donegal said there are things which could have been done better, and things which could be done better in the future.

However, he said there were also things which were handled well.

Mr McHugh described the response of the local authority, the emergency services, and the local community as "politics in action".

He was responding to a Fianna Fáil private member’s motion calling on the Government to learn lessons from the flooding.

The motion, which was tabled in the Dáil this evening by Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue, criticises the Government response to the flooding.

It highlights, among other issues, the one-week delay in announcing funding for a Red Cross administered humanitarian fund to help small businesses, sports clubs, and community groups.

Sinn Féin's Pearse Doherty, also a Donegal TD, said the flooding had wreaked havoc on communities in the county.

He said the "negligence of Government" in failing to deal with long-term flooding issues needed to be highlighted.