€280,000 in flood payouts so far

More than a quarter of a million euro has been paid out so far under humanitarian support schemes established in the aftermath of the Inishowen floods on 22 August.

The Irish Red Cross has disbursed €125,000 so far to small businesses and voluntary organisations, while the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has paid out €155,000 to householders.

The Department has received 141 applications for assistance from households, while the Red Cross received 63 applications – 54 from small businesses affected by the floods and 9 from community, voluntary and sporting bodies.

Farmers whose property was damaged have a separate scheme, administered by the Department of Agriculture and Food.

“More than 290 applications were received for the Flood Relief Measure by the closing date of Friday 29 September,” the Department of Agriculture said in a statement.

“Applications under the measure will be processed promptly.”


Full details in this week’s paper.

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Damian Dowds

Damian studied at NUI Maynooth and worked with Intel Ireland on graduation. Followings stints as a civil servant in Leinster House, and with magazine publisher Ashville Media, he returned to Inishowen to set up the Inishowen Independent in 2007.