Brassil Calls For Emergency Funding For Families After Flooding In Tralee

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Deputy John Brassil.

FIANNA Fáil TD for Kerry John Brassil has written to the Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief to request emergency funding for families in Tralee whose homes have been affected by recent heavy rainfall.

More than a dozen houses in O’Connor’s Terrace in Boherbee had to tackle flooding after torrential downpours last night and this morning.

Deputy Brassil said; “Tralee has been badly impacted by last night’s heavy rainfall, with homes in Boherbee worst affected.  Parts of Tonevane, Clash West, Brewery road and the main Tralee to Fenit road have also suffered substantial flood damage.

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“I have written to Minister Kevin Boxer Moran to release emergency funding to Kerry County Council so that it can assist in the repair of the homes affected.  Funding will also be needed for works to mitigate further flood damage into the future.

“Only last year, the government announced a €1bn plan aimed at rolling out flood relief schemes across the country.  €15m of this was to be allocated to a major scheme in Tralee.  Last night we witnessed the impact of government inaction on this issue, and now 13 homes have paid the price.

“I am urging Minister Moran to ensure that this promised funding is prioritised and made available without delay so that essential flood defences can be constructed.  We have seen an increase in serious weather events over the past couple of years and we cannot afford to wait for another few years for these works to begin.”

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