Sinn Féin deputy Gerry Adams has visited flood ruined homes in the Mounthamilton area of Dundalk.
Speaking from the estate, which is situated on the Ardee Road in Dundalk, Gerry Adams said:
“I met with a number of families who have been badly affected by flooding over recent weeks.
“They told me that similar flooding occurred at the end of 2014 and they are frustrated that since then no solution has been found to alleviate the causes of this excess water.
“There is also concern at their inability to secure house insurance. The Taoiseach clearly needs to be very focussed in his meeting with the insurance companies next week to ensure that the crisis around insurance cover is properly dealt with.
“I went into one of the homes and the damage is plain to be seen. Two families have had to move out of their houses and the remainder of the estate’s 13 properties have no vehicular access.
“This is an emergency situation for these families and others like them across the state and I am calling on the Government to provide an immediate clean up and sanitization programme to make these houses habitable again.
“These families must also be compensated for the damage done to their properties and their possessions and in the longer term the Government must introduce preventative works to ensure that this never happens again.”
Sinn Fein has said that deputy Adams has committed to liaising with the departments of the Environment and Social Welfare and Louth County Council to try and assist the residents of Mounthamilton.