Written answers

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

12:00 pm

Photo of Pat BreenPat Breen (Clare, Fine Gael)
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Question 110: To ask the Minister for Finance if he has sought emergency funding from the EU to help alleviate the hardship which is being experienced by householders and businesses as a result of the flooding crisis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44139/09]

Photo of Brian Lenihan JnrBrian Lenihan Jnr (Dublin West, Fianna Fail)
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A number of Government departments and agencies have responsibilities for specific emergency planning functions. In the event of a major emergency, the most appropriate Department or agency is designated as the lead agency to co-ordinate the response to it. In relation to flooding, the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government is chairing the Emergency Response Coordination Committee which meets on a daily basis to handle the current emergency situation. When reports are received from local authorities and other relevant agencies on the extent of the flooding and urgent remedial works required, the question of seeking EU funding having regard to the limited eligibility criteria for such funding will be undertaken.


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