Call for EU support for Donegal flood victims

There are calls for EU emergency aid to be given to those hit by the flooding in Donegal.

Meanwhile, the Defence Forces continue to play a key role in the clean-up, and in getting roads reopened.

Vice president of the European Parliament North West MEP Mairead McGuinness and UUP MEP Jim Nicholson have sent a joint letter to EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan calling for the Commission to investigate the possibility of emergency aid for Donegal and Northern Ireland.

They say that while the full extent of the damage has yet to be determined, they believe it merits attention at EU level.

Meanwhile, Donegal County Council has confirmed that a replacement bridge on the R240 between Quigley’s Point and Carndonagh is expected to be open by next Monday. .

Yesterday the Defence Forces confirmed to Ocean FM News that it was tasked to help build a bridge for this route which is deemed a priority to reopen.

The Council has now confirmed that a bailey bridge which is a military temporary structure will be installed in the coming days and is expected to open to traffic on Monday.

The council has described the support of the Defence Forces as ‘invaluable.’

Meanwhile, work on the R238 at Three Trees between Muff and Quigley’s Point is continuing and culverts are currently being sourced.

It is expected that this road will be open to two-way traffic in two weeks.

However, other roads in the Inishowen Penninsula remain closed and local diversions are in place.