Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has called on the government to make more use of European funds available for flood relief programmes.
The Ireland South MEP was speaking in Abbeyfeale, Limerick, where local councillor Seamus Browne and people living along the River Feale were explaining the dangers erosion is posing to homes and public facilities.
“It is deeply frustrating that both local and national government always seems to be on the backfoot when it comes to issues like flooding and erosion,” she said.
“We are all aware of these issues, aware of where they are likely to happen, aware that they are, at certain times of year, a regular occurrence and yet there seems to be no plan of action. They always appear to be reacting to events rather than putting the structures in place to prevent them.
“Both the OPW and Limerick City and County Council are well aware of the issues along the River Feale, my colleague Seamus Browne has been very vocal on the issue and yet they do not seem to have the foresight to act now rather than having to spend much more later on in response to an event.
“Similarly, there is funding available in Europe for projects such as flood relief and yet the government is either unaware of them or unwilling to apply for them and draw them down.
“I will certainly be looking at what is available from Europe and if it is possible that it can be used for projects such as those needed along the River Feale, then I will be writing to the Minister to inform them of that and offer my services when it comes to making those applications.”