Fitzmaurice: Sensible approach needed to deal with flooding problems

During Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil last Thursday, Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice appealed to the Government to take a more sensible approach to the flooding problems that are being experienced in the country.

  “The number of outdoor staff being employed by councils throughout the country is down 50 per cent in the past number of years,” he said.

  He said that that was evident at the height of the recently flooding, when there “nowhere near enough people to go out and carry out remedial works”.

  Deputy Fitzmaurice hit out at what he said was a lack of dredging and cleaning of rivers and drains.

  “We have to stop taking orders from Europe and clean our river and drains and that would help in a lot of cases,” he said. 

  “There are far too many bodies who are issuing instructions on matters like these and a lot of problems could be solved if we carry out such works on our own initiative and not be answering to the EU and others all the time.

  “Too much money is being wasted on consultants and people writing reports. The Government must act on this problem now.

  “The authorities in the UK embarked on a programme of river cleaning and dredging after severe flooding a number of years ago and it has worked.

  “We can do the same here.”