Limerick flood funds to be given out ‘in the next week’

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Flood funding: residents affected by flooding in Limerick in February are to receive funds. Pictured is Jake Phayer in St Mary's Park. Picture: Brian Arthur/ Press 22
THOUSANDS of euro for the victims of February’s flooding on the King’s Island are to be distributed in the coming week.

THOUSANDS of euro for the victims of February’s flooding on the King’s Island are to be distributed in the coming week.

In a statement, the evaluation committee has confirmed the moves on the €80,000 funding, which came from donations from a number of individuals and companies including Lloyd’s Pharmacy and Tesco.

The evaluation committee, which comprises of representatives of St Mary’s Church, the Society of St Vincent de Paul, the Irish Red Cross and the Department of Social Protection, has confirmed all 169 applicants will be given some money.

Michael Murphy, St Vincent de Paul’s regional manager, and the chairman of the committee said: “In assessing the applications, the committee acknowledged the substantial support that residents had received from state bodies and voluntary organisations since the flooding in February 2014 and endeavoured to assist particularly needy cases who were experiencing the greatest hardship.”

After the assessment was completed, he said the majority of the applicants were judged to have the same need, and would be allocated an equal sum.

“The remaining applications were adjudged to have substantially greater need and were allocated proportionately larger amounts in accordance with their needs,” Mr Murphy added.

Some of the funding is also to be given to sporting organisations across St Mary’s.

This is because their facilities and members had suffered as a result of the flooding, which took place in the first weekend in February.

Residents are still awaiting news from the Office of Public Works (OPW) on flood defences for the area.

A team was put in place to discuss this, but there have been no moves since October.