Government will provide supports to Cork businesses affected by floods, says Taoiseach

Government will provide supports to Cork businesses affected by floods, says Taoiseach

Brushing out the flood water at 85 South Mall, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

The Taoiseach has pledged that the Government will ensure that supports are provided to businesses affected by flooding in Cork.

Micheál Martin said the flooding in Cork today was “deeply distressing” for business owners in the city adding "this is a critical time for traders, and they are now facing into another clean-up operation following this morning’s flooding."

Taoiseach Micheal Martin has pledged that the Government will ensure that supports are provided to businesses affected by flooding in Cork.
Taoiseach Micheal Martin has pledged that the Government will ensure that supports are provided to businesses affected by flooding in Cork.

At today’s Cabinet meeting, the Taoiseach and Ministers agreed in principle to provide the required supports to those affected by the flooding, under the existing humanitarian and business schemes.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Martin said: “Myself and my Cabinet colleagues discussed the situation in Cork and agreed that all the necessary supports will be made available to those affected by this morning’s floods. We will ensure that these schemes are activated without delay.

“I would encourage business owners to apply for the funding which is being made available to them,” he said.

The Taoiseach said that the flood event was “further evidence” of the need to progress flood defence works in Cork.

“Today’s flood event, which has caused damage estimated to run into millions of euro, is further evidence of the need to progress flood defence works in the city to prevent such flooding occurrences in the future”.

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