Cabinet signs off on funds for floods compensation and long-term weather prediction service

Cabinet signs off on funds for floods compensation and long-term weather prediction service

The Cabinet has signed off on a range of measures to alleviate the problems caused by the flooding crisis.

€10m is being provided to assist with the clean-up, while funds will also go into a long-term weather prediction service.

Extra funds are also being provided for the Red Cross scheme to compensate businesses, while farmers are to be compensated for the cost of fodder they might have lost.

Insurance Companies are also to be called in next week to discuss assisting homeowners who did not have cover.

Agriculture minister Simon Coveney says measures will also be examined to look at the prospect of helping people leave homes that are regularly flooded.

Mr Coveney said: "We'll have an inter-departmental Government group reporting back before the end of January on recommendations in relation to home relocation.

"We think that there are probably some isolated areas that are in flood plains that don't have medium-term or long-term flooding solutions, and relocation may be an option there."

The new co-ordination group for the Shannon is to be in place in a matter of weeks and the coalition is to seek clarity from the EU on what rules apply to the dredging of rivers and waterways.

Ministers also approved a new flood forecasting system with 15 extra staff in Met Eireann and the Office of Public Works.

For farmers, the State will replace damaged fodder at the market rate and a hardship scheme will see farmers worst affected receiving cash payments.

Local authorities are to get another €10m for the clean-up, the business grant scheme will be extended to sports and community groups whose facilities have been affected by the floods.

Also, funding will be provided for repair of roads once the damage has been assessed and the bill for that could be as much as €60m.

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