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Gilligan urges flood support for Limerick residents

Junior Minister Brian Hayes in St Mary's Park - Cllr Gilligan was critical of 'political disaster tourism' in Limerick. Picture: Sean Curtin

Junior Minister Brian Hayes in St Mary's Park - Cllr Gilligan was critical of 'political disaster tourism' in Limerick. Picture: Sean Curtin

  • by Nick Rabbitts
 

CITY east councillor John Gilligan has slammed the “political disaster tourism” which took place after the floods in St Mary’s Park.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan and OPW Minister Brian Hayes were on King’s Island in the aftermath of the worst floods the area have ever seen.

But their attendance did not impress the Independent councillor, who said: “We are not interested in political disaster tourism – politicians going up and having their photograph taken.”

Former Labour councillor Gerry McLoughlin agreed, interjecting: “In their designer wellies.”

Cllr Gilligan also criticised the settlement some families have been offered from the OPW of just €100.

“It is pocket money. How can you justify someone just getting €100 when their home and possessions have been destroyed?” he asked, “Are we on the same planet?”

Fianna Fail councillor Kieran O’Hanlon said he was disappointed that one local authority member, writing on Facebook, “tried to make political capital from people’s misery”.

He said the unnamed councillor pointed out the work done by the Fine Gael/Labour government, while criticising Fianna Fail for the last major floods on King’s Island in 2009.

Cllr Gilligan also called for the raising of the riverbank by 1.5m from the Thomond Bridge down.

Speaking of getting the job done at minimal cost he said: “We’re not interested in getting consultants in at a cost of €20m -€30m, telling us something that a six year old could tell us or people that use the misery and misfortune of the people down there to make a buck.”

Fine Gael councillor Denis McCarthy – the only government-party politician present – said he wholeheartedly agreed with the contributions.

Cllr McLoughlin said: “Athlunkard Street has been destroyed. What is going to happen to them? Two hundred homes have been affected. Putting it on the long finger is not good enough. We need to see something decisive. Something must take place. People are losing faith.”

 

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