The Irish government has announced plans to help people affected by the recent flooding, after a record high of nearly 18 inches fell across the country overnight.
Key points:The Irish government said on Monday it will pay for the recovery effort, with the first tranche of €1.1bn coming in the coming weeksIrish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said the money will be used to buy new water pumps and to repair existing ones to help keep rivers from floodingThe country will also build flood defences to keep out the waterThe government said the tranche would be paid for with a €1bn contribution from Ireland’s Government.
“I am extremely pleased to announce that the Irish government will support the ongoing recovery efforts of the Irish public in their need for assistance and relief,” Mr Varadker said.
“The money will help us to pay for these new pumps and water pumps, and repair existing water-related infrastructure in order to prevent the flooding of the rivers in the near future.”
In a statement, the Irish Foreign Affairs Minister said the government would provide a €500,000 loan to Ireland to purchase 100 new water pump systems.
“This will be a first trimester loan of approximately €500 million to be paid back through a series of installments over the next two years, covering the cost of a total of 120 new pumps,” he said.
The announcement comes just weeks after the country’s flood defences were breached and a record 18 inches of rain fell in the county overnight.
There were reports of houses and roads flooding, with up to 30,000 people living in temporary accommodation.
Many of the houses and businesses were damaged or destroyed in the flooding.
Many people are struggling to survive and many people are still living in the affected areas, with many relying on social welfare payments.
On Monday, a report said the Irish economy was set to suffer from the flooding, while the Government said the recovery was “impressive” and that it was looking forward to the reconstruction of the economy.
The Irish Government’s statement said it had received a request from Ireland for assistance in the recovery from the Irish Water authority, and was prepared to meet this request.
“We are working to assist the Irish Government in its response to this emergency situation and will provide an additional €1 billion in the next three months,” the statement said.
In the statement, Ireland’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said the Government was working to support the recovery and reconstruction of Ireland.
“Ireland is grateful to the Government of Ireland for its extraordinary support, and is confident that it will continue to receive financial support for the coming years,” it said.
Earlier this week, the Department of Finance announced that it would pay for water pumps in order for Irish water companies to have new water lines.
The Department of Infrastructure and Local Government said that the funding would be provided by a “contingent loan” of €500m over two years.
“At the moment we have only €700m to hand out to Irish companies to rebuild our water systems, but we are confident that this will be enough to restore some of our water infrastructure, and we are in contact with Irish Water and the Irish State to make sure that they receive these funds,” the department said.