Lowry accuses Government of crisis panic regarding flood management infrastructure.
Deputy Michael Lowry has described the decision by the present Government not to proceed with a statutory single waterways authority as disastrous. The government has instead set up a ‘co-ordination group' to implement flood management infrastructure. This stated Lowry “is a formula for future confusion with regards to actual day-to-day management of Ireland's rivers and waterways. For whatever reason best known to this Government, they appear to have panicked under the pressure of recent criticisms regarding their slow response to the unanticipated flooding crisis. In making this decision to set up a ‘co-ordination group' they have guaranteed that any disagreements between state agencies into the future, would only lead to long delays in almost all attempted implementation of future flood prevention measures”Lowry welcomed the decision to include aid under the Fodder Replacement Scheme together with Humanitarian Aid and Hardship Recognition assistance. Michael Lowry stated “that it was now essential that all fodder damaged through flooding be urgently replaced and that the Hardship Recognition Scheme should take into account not just the damage caused to farm buildings but also deflated farm incomes suffered in association”. Deputy Lowry would like to acknowledge the magnificent and professional work undertaken by community services, general staff and management at Tipperary County Council. "I have now contacted Tipperary County Council in relation to recent flooding and the general repairs and works urgently required in mending drains, ditches and culverts as well as roads and bridges across Tipperary. I have insisted that I be kept fully informed of any reports or proposed future works that are to be carried out on all roads which I have examined and listed. Requests have been forwarded to the necessary personnel to investigate issues highlighted by local residents. It is now essential that the Council seek funding from Government for all emergency repairs”, concluded Michael Lowry T.D.