Councillor Domnick Connolly has called for action to be taken now in order to avoid a repeat of last year’s flooding issues which affected many areas of the county.
Councillor Connolly said “In relation to the flooding problems in the county, Minister Sean Canney was very attentive to the problems in various different locations when he was on his visit last Monday and he listened to the local people in each area. However what we want now is action. With the winter fast approaching we certainly do not want people to be in the same predicament that they found themselves last winter.” Domnick Connolly added “Long term solutions are all very well but there are also simple local solutions that will do a job for the short term future and these measures will also have to be considered by Minister Canney and the local authority” he concluded.
Domnick Connolly has also called for a compensation package to be provided to farmers whose crops have been affected by heavy rain throughout the summer. “The recent inclement weather has meant that many farmers, particularly grain farmers are in dire straits and many are facing huge losses. I am calling on the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and the Government to consider a compensation package for affected farmers as many will be threatened with going out of business if nothing is done. I am also calling on our MEP’s to alert Brussels to this disaster. Grain is still in the ground and with the heavy rain machinery cannot get on to the land. Minister Creed needs to address this situation immediately”