Fundraiser for Cork businesses hit by floods raises over €3k

Fundraiser for Cork businesses hit by floods raises over €3k

A flooded Pembroke Street in Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

A GOFUNDME campaign for businesses affected by flooding in Cork city has passed €3,200.

Cian Power set up the Gofundme appeal and plans to hand over the funds to St Vincent de Paul for distribution to businesses affected by the flooding, and also by the level 5 Covid-19 restrictions.

Donations to the appeal have now passed €3,200. When he set up the campaign initially, he planned to raise €1,000 but has raised his target to €4,000 following the interest shown in supporting business people and their families.

He said that he is ecstatic by the support from the public.

 The civil defence working with shop owners on Winthrop Street in Cork after early morning flooding. Picture Dan Linehan
The civil defence working with shop owners on Winthrop Street in Cork after early morning flooding. Picture Dan Linehan

The Minister for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief Minister Patrick O’Donovan visited Cork city this week to see at firsthand the effects of the flooding.

The first phase of the flood defences at Morrison’s Island has been stalled. The project, being carried out by Cork City Council but partly funded by the OPW, has been hit by an application to the High Court for a judicial review of An Bord Pleanála’s decision to approve the works.

The legal route is being pursued by campaign group Save Cork City.

In Bantry, more than 25 businesses were affected by tidal flooding. In August, the town was also hit by flooding, when over 50 businesses were hit.

The Taoiseach has called for mediation in a bid to remove “roadblocks” to advancing the Morrison’s Island Public Realm and Flood Defence Project.

Micheál Martin, speaking at Cork Chamber’s referred to the judicial review lodged by campaign group Save Cork City (SCC).

He asked that, following Tuesday’s flooding, those objecting to the project might “reflect” on their stance,

SCC claims it has received “no fair answers to a basic list of concerns” from the OPW on flood defences. The group said at this time it cannot comment on any legal action.

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