After the storms

Mother Nature unleashed her fury in recent weeks with some of the worst storms experienced in generations.

Mother Nature unleashed her fury in recent weeks with some of the worst storms experienced in generations.

Hurricane-force winds, huge tides and lashing rain hit communities the length and breadth of the country.

In their wake they left carnage on an unprecedented scale, with roads ripped up and destroyed, cars washed away and some communitites left isolated as flood waters turned their properties into islands.

Local authorities are counting the cost this week and will be submitting their bills to the exchequer.

Government ministers have already said that national funding will be available to go towards repairs -but will it be enough?

It’s unlikley because the amount will run into tens of millions and the government will almost certainly plead inability to pay.

Tipperary, as an inland county, escaped the worst of the ravages, but it wasn’t totally immune. Poor quality roads that have been crying out for work for years are certain to have been further damaged by the incessant rain and winds.

The money was difficult enough to source before this - now with counties from Donegal to Waterford looking for money to repair their storm damage, how much will there be to go around? Not enough, we suspect

Michael Heverin

Editor