Longford/Westmeath Fine Gael Deputy, Gabrielle McFadden, has said that almost €120,000 in compensation has been paid out to date to Westmeath and Longford farmers who lost fodder in the floods.
“Currently, €99,000 has been paid out to date to 30 farmers in Westmeath while a total of €21,000 has been paid out to 11 Longford farmers.
“Many people were badly affected by the floods, none more so than the farming community. Those affected need help more than ever and I have been working every day on these issues to make sure people get the financial support they deserve.
“I pushed very hard with Minister Coveney to set up this compensation scheme in response to flood damage to fodder supplies. I also made sure the Minister introduced a special hardship scheme for farmers who were most severely affected financially by the flooding.
“Additionally, families in flood affected areas in Westmeath have received on average up to €1,000 under the Department of Social Protection’s Humanitarian Assistance Scheme.
“As a local Government TD on the ground, I also made sure Minister Coveney extended the Irish Red Cross emergency funding scheme to local businesses in non-rateable areas who are tax compliant.
“The water levels have receded but the work goes on to support families, farmers and the business community to make sure payments are being issued under the various Government schemes.
“Unfortunately, it was said at a recent public meeting that no-body will get ‘a red cent’ from the Government and as a hard-working and straight talking politician, I want to put the record straight again that this is simply not the case.”