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Flood Relief

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 27 September 2011

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

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Seán Kyne

Ceist:

300 Deputy Seán Kyne asked the Minister for Social Protection if she has received a file from the Office of Public Works on the relocation request of a person (details supplied) in County Galway whose home was damaged through flooding in 2009, has since been at serious risk of further flooding and who has been unable to obtain a reasonably priced quote for home insurance or any insurance at all to cover flooding; and when a decision will issue on the relocation of said person. [26366/11]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Social Protection)

The Government has provided various types of support to people affected by the November 2009 flooding. Humanitarian Aid payments were made, both in the immediate aftermath of the flooding and subsequently to enable eligible households to resume living at their home. Flood relief works were also undertaken in some of the affected areas and other works are at an advanced state of preparation. Discussions also took place with representatives of the insurance industry regarding giving households access to appropriate house insurance at a reasonable cost.

Subject to certain conditions the Government also decided to provide support to a small number of families who are continuing to experience significant housing problems as a result of the November 2009 flooding and are considering the possibility of relocating rather than resuming living at their original home. The household of the person concerned and all of the other households have been visited by officials from the Department and reports of their individual circumstances have been completed. The Department has received a report from the Office of Public Works in relation to the house of the person concerned and expects to be in a position to make a decision on the case shortly.

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