Government emergency fund looks set to bypass Inishowen
Inishowen’s storm damage is expected to cost the county council almost a quarter of a million euro – and we could be forced to foot the repair bill ourselves.
It had been hoped that Inishowen could benefit from a government financial relief package announced earlier this month but senior roads engineer Charlie Kerr revealed that the council may have to pay for repairs out of its existing budget for 2014.
Speaking at the bi-monthly meeting of the Inishowen Electoral Area, Mr. Kerr said that emergency central funding is only available for flood prevention and specific repairs to breakwaters.
He said the government money, expected to be more than €50 million, does not cover existing roads and footpaths, which were most affected by the high winds in Inishowen.