By Dan Walsh
Wexford Deputy Paul Kehoe questioned An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, about “a wall of silence from the Minister (of Agriculture)” in relation to the extensive flooding of lands in south Wexford following torrential rainfall on Christmas Day.
Deputy Kehoe was speaking during the Questions on Promised Legislation in Dáil Éireann on Wednesday.
Deputy Kehoe said; “The Taoiseach will be very much aware of the devastating flooding in County Wexford on 25 December. In south County Wexford, hundreds of acres of cereals were destroyed. At the time, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine committed to look into this issue and seek the names of the farmers and lands involved. To date, absolutely nothing has happened. There has been a wall of silence from the Minister and the Department. Can the Taoiseach bring some clarification to this issue?”
In reply, An Taoiseach promised to discuss the matter with the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Charlie McConalogue TD). “I hear the points the Deputy made in respect of that issue. The Minister is actively considering this and we are working on it,” concluded An Taoiseach.