Tuesday, 10 February 2004

Ceisteanna (123, 124)

Michael Ring

Ceist:

199 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if his Department is negotiating with the Irish Red Cross to make available additional humanitarian aid for those affected by the landslide in north Mayo who have not yet received aid. [3658/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Michael Ring

Ceist:

200 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when officials from his Department will meet with members of the landslide committee in north Mayo as promised before Christmas 2003; and when he expects his officials to meet persons who have suffered as a result of the landslide in September 2003. [3723/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Agriculture and Food)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 199 and 200 together.

The Deputy will be aware that the Government provided funding of €300,000 last year through the Office of Public Works to the Irish Red Cross, to alleviate hardship to those people who were effected by the landslide in Pullathomas, County Mayo.

On 23 January 2004, a meeting took place between officials from my Department and members of the Pullathomas Landslide Committee to discuss how my Department would address any problems arising under departmental schemes as a consequence of the landslide. My Department is not engaged in negotiations with the Irish Red Cross to make additional humanitarian aid available.