Ireland South MEP Phil Prendergast is encouraging the Government to apply for the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) which helps to assist the cost of significant natural disasters.
“Now that Storm Christine has passed many households and businesses are counting the cost of the devastating damage. The EUSF has an annual budget of €500 million and after the floods of 2009 Ireland was granted €13 million from this fund.
“It is important that my Government colleagues act fast as an application has to be received by the European Commission within 10 weeks of the initial damage caused by the floods.
“I welcome that the Office of Public Works is to make to €45 million available for flood relief but I believe the cost of this storm may exceed the floods of November 2009 which caused €244 million worth of damage.
Since 2002, 23 countries have benefited from the EUSF with €3.5 billion assisting 56 disasters ranging from floods to forest fires.