Aylward angry over flooding response in Dail

Fianna Fáil TD Bobby Aylward has accused the Government of neglecting business owners seeking compensation for a loss of revenue as a result of flooding.

Deputy Aylward recently attempted to follow up on the issue of compensation for business owners in the Dáil with Minister for Environment Alan Kelly and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan but was informed that his questions were disallowed.

He is very angry at his treatmentr in the Dail.

"One woman who ran a creche was forced to close for nearly a week as her clients were unable to gain access to her premises due to the road being impassable,” the South Kilkenny TD said.

“There are many business owners in Carlow and Kilkenny which have been left behind as this particular problem falls between the lines of Fine Gael and Labour's flawed compensation criteria," Deputy Aylward claimed.

The Party's Spokesperson on Community Affairs stated, “I recently tabled questions on behalf of business owners who were unable to apply for emergency Red Cross funding to help cope with the loss of revenue due to roads being impassable. The Government is putting jobs at risk by abandoning flood hit businesses owners and what's worse is they have the arrogance to disallow Dáil questions seeking clarity on the matter.

“It’s shocking that Ministers Kelly & Noonan in particular are shirking their responsibilities in such an arrogant manner. Distressed business owners are asking for clarity on the matter but Fine Gael and Labour prefer to avoid the matter and let confusion reign. They promised compensation in front of the news cameras in the depths of flood waters but have no real intention of helping these people," concluded Deputy Aylward.

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