The Minister of State at the Office of Public Works (OPW) with responsibility for flood relief says funding will be made available to deal with the damage caused by extensive flooding in west Cork in recent days.

Patrick O'Donovan made the commitment while on a visit to the affected areas of Connonagh, Dunmanway and Rosscarbery today.

Speaking in Dunmanway, Mr O'Donovan said he wanted to assure the communities affected that "funding will be made available to deal with the aftermath of this destruction".

He said the extent of the damage to the road network and infrastructure has still to be fully assessed by the county council but he encouraged the local authority to avail of funding under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works scheme run by his department.

He said he would be reporting his findings to Government and said "every effort would be made by those departments to step in and provide the necessary financial resources to the Council".

Cork County Council's CEO Tim Lucey said the council is assessing the impact made by the floods so that a "clear and accurate plan for remediation" could be drawn up.

He said he appreciates the support given by the OPW and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to help them repair the damage and alleviate the possibility of future flood events in the area.

Repair works after flooding in Rosscarberry