Funding needed for Storm Emma clean-up – O’Rourke

Frank O’Rourke TD has called on the Government to provide compensation to those worst affected by the recent severe weather conditions, as Kildare starts the clean-up and opens up the road network.

“Kildare County Council should be provided with extra funding to assist with the repairs and clean-up associated with the recent severe weather conditions.  Special allocations should be provided to repair roads, grants for Residents Associations, and funding to repair our water infrastructure are issues that need to be urgently considered and actioned by central Government.”

“Supports should also be provided for small and medium-sized businesses. I know from meeting local business people that some businesses have been effectively out of operation for 4 or 5 days.”

“I want to acknowledge the local authority workers, private contractors, volunteers, An Garda Siochána, the National Ambulance Service, the Health Service professionals, the Civil Defence, the Defence Forces, workers in our transport companies and the ESB workers. The people on the ground have worked so hard in recent days to open up Kildare again. However, National Government needs to step in and assist in providing much needed resources,” stated Deputy O’Rourke.

“Towns and villages throughout North Kildare, from Celbridge, Maynooth, Clane, Straffan, Rathcoffey, Kilteel, Naas to Prosperous have been badly affected by the recent storm and snow fall. Kildare was one of the counties worst affected and the Government must now realise this,” concluded Deputy O’Rourke

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