Permanent flood relief scheme in Cork
The Government has approved the establishment of a permanent flood relief scheme for small businesses, community, voluntary, and sporting bodies affected by flooding, which Senator Tim Lombard believes will be of great support to businesses and community groups in Cork.
Senator Lombard said “A new permanent flood relief scheme will support Cork businesses and community groups to cope with the aftermath of flood events, which we know are to become increasingly common.
“My Fine Gael colleagues, the Minister with responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe, and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, sought Cabinet approval for the measure on Tuesday and I am delighted that it has been given the green light.
“The target group for this scheme are sole traders and small businesses with a small number of employees, as well as voluntary, community and sporting bodies. It will be demand-led when these groups experience flood damage as a consequence of a severe weather event to their premises and where they have been refused flood insurance.
“Successful applicants will receive a “quick” payment which will be capped at an upper limit of €5,000. While the cap of €5,000 is likely to meet the requirements of the majority of applicants there is scope for a further payment of up to €15,000 after a more detailed assessment of the loss incurred.
“In the past, the Department of Defence operated temporary humanitarian support schemes in conjunction with the Irish Red Cross following incidents of flooding. Four such schemes have been opened since 2015 (Storm Desmond, Storm Eleanor, flooding in Donegal and Laois). The establishment of these schemes have operated on an ad-hoc basis.
“The Irish Red Cross will continue to administer applications for assistance in accordance with a memorandum of understanding due to be agreed with the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.
“This new scheme will put these supports on a permanent footing giving assurances to businesses and community and sporting groups in Cork.”
29 November 2018