Govt must prioritise flood defence works – Murphy

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Eugene Murphy TD, has said the Government must prioritise flood defence works.

His calls come as a European-wide study showed that Ireland and other parts of north-western Europe will bear the brunt of increasingly severe flooding caused by climate change.

Deputy Murphy said, „Lest there be any doubt about it Ireland is in the path of a storm. We know from this very substantive study that floods are increasing in Ireland and north-western Europe because global warming is increasing moisture in the atmosphere, making storms wetter, and shifting the track of incoming storms northward, bringing more rainfall to the region.

„It is only going to get worse as global warming escalates and we have to be prepared. Flood defence works still have not been completed in various counties, including Roscommon town and Carrick on Shannon – areas which have been devastated by flooding before.

„We need to see increased funding over the next number of years to address the ongoing and continuous flood risks. In this instance failing to prepare is most certainly preparing to fail.

„Met Éireann have issued a status yellow warning for today citing flood risk. The summer is at an end now and we are going to see a lot more weather warnings over the coming months. The Government must prioritise flood defence works and demonstrate that they understand the magnitude of what’s ahead of us”, concluded Deputy Murphy.

Fianna Fáil

Eugene Murphy TD

Spokesperson on Office of Public Works and Flood Relief

Roscommon-Galway

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