23 Dec 2015
STRONG POLITICAL SUPPORT FOR SINGLE AUTHORITY TO MANAGE RIVERS – TURLEY
The Chairman of the IFA Flood Protection Project Team Tom Turley has welcomed the cross-party support for a single authority to manage the levels of the rivers in the country.
Following a public meeting with a number of TDs in Athlone on Friday night last – Gabrielle McFadden (FG), Willie Penrose (Lab) and Robert Troy (FF), Tom Turley said it was clear that strong backing for IFA’s idea of a single authority exists across the political divide. He said this support has come from all quarters around the country.
Tom Turley said, “Deputy Willie Penrose has committed to re-activating a Private Members Bill on this issue that he first brought to the Dail in 2000. When that happens early in the New Year, I would expect all politicians to support it. After the severe impact of the recent flooding, it would provide some comfort to householders, businesses and landowners who have been so badly affected by rising water levels”.
Tom Turley also set out a number of measures that could alleviate the situation for those who have been impacted by the flooding. “The Government should suspend the property tax for those householders who have seen their homes badly damaged as a result of the flooding. As a gesture, the ESB should waive their bills for those householders.”