Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called for the introduction of simplified procedures to be introduced in order to speed up payments to victims of the recent flooding. Deputy McGrath was speaking after he was contacted by frustrated residents in Carrick-on-Suir and surrounding areas that are experiencing severe delays in accessing the promised funding under the Humanitarian Assistance Scheme:
“As usual once the media spotlight has been removed from the flood affected areas, the interests of this Government have vanished equally quickly.
Householders were promised efficient and immediate redress following the disaster that befell their homes and properties; but this has been very slow in coming.
Very specific difficulties have presented themselves with respect to the role of property assessors and the mixed messages that are coming from the Department of Social Protection.
Families are being bounced backwards and forwards between Departmental offices and nothing effective is being achieved.
The residents simply cannot go on for another six weeks with no flooring, no heating and no structural supports for their damaged houses.
The Department must make immediate plans to simplify the entire process so that families can get on with their lives instead of being left in this dreadful limbo waiting for funding to be approved,” concluded Deputy McGrath.