Government gives more than €360,000 to flood-hit victims


It's been confirmed that Government agencies have paid out more than €360,000 through its humanitarian assistance schemes since flooding hit the North West in August.

In a statement Government Chief Whip and Donegal Minister Joe McHugh said that almost €180,000 of the funding has been paid by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection to families affected by the floods through emergency payments.

In addition initial payments from the Department of Defence Red Cross scheme to sporting and community groups and small businesses which didn't have insurance cover now stands at €185,000.

It's understood that a funding stream to farmers has received more than 300 applications and these are now being processed by the Department of Agriculture.

Concluding Minister McHugh said he also welcomed OPW plans to investigate flood relief schemes at five locations in the county.