McHugh to discuss Donegal flooding with Minister ‘Boxer’ Moran next week

Minister of State Joe McHugh is to meet the Minister with responsibility for flooding next week to discuss the devastation that occurred last Wednesday and Thursday in areas of South Donegal.

Minister McHugh has acknowledged that for many of those affected, there are now fears that their insurance premiums could rise significantly.

The minister was speaking to Ocean FM News today while on a visit to areas affected, including Killybegs, Fintra and Kilcar.

Minister McHugh says it’s important that areas vulnerable to flooding are prioritised for investment in flood defences.

And in this regard in Donegal, he says the county council will be playing a key role:

Minister McHugh says the council has already been central in the flood relief effort in the county.

And he outlined other measures to help people.

Minister McHugh also visited Fintra National School this morning, where the principal praised parents and emergency services for their work which helped keep the school open.

Flood water came into a gym at the back of the school as well as into a hallway.

But Principal Emma McGinty told Ocean FM News they had a great response from parents and from services such as Coast and Cliff Rescue and the Fire Brigade from Killybegs.

She says they pumped water away from the school, which they were able to keep open as the classrooms weren’t affected.

She says they are now assessing the extent of the damage done.