“I would like to welcome the announcement by Social Protection Minister Joan Burton today, that the Humanitarian Assistance Scheme operated by her Department is to be extended to people in Cork whose homes were devastated by the recent floods.
“This funding is being put in place to provide emergency financial assistance to households who are not in a position to meet costs for essential needs in the period immediately following flooding.
“Thousands of people were affected by the last month’s flash floods and while this scheme does not offer compensation as such, it does mean that those most in need will be provided with the financial support they require to get back on their feet.
“I will be asking the Minister to minimise the red tape around this scheme, so that people can get access to the money as soon as possible.
“I particularly welcome the news that this additional emergency funding is not to be confined to people in receipt of social welfare payments, and will be extended to struggling households who have had to deal with the devastation of having their homes destroyed.
“Broadening the access to this funding support will provide a very real lifeline which will enable householders recover from the serious setback that they have experienced.
“I am also asking insurance companies who have provided cover to people in Cork to stop dragging their feet and to pay householders the money that they owe them, so that they can get their lives back together.”