Relocation scheme to be limited – Boxer

Independent Alliance deputy Kevin Boxer Moran says a memo to be brought to Cabinet tomorrow about a voluntary relocation scheme for flood victims will be on a limited basis.

The proposals will apply to flooded households that cannot access insurance, where the residential property is not sustainable, and where there is no alternative solution.

Deputy Moran, who is due to take over from Minister of State Sean Canney in the coming months, says the first scheme could help many people, but he hopes it could extend to a further 4,000 householders if it’s agreed at budget time.

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Athlone horse trainer Tom Cleary, who was badly affected by the flooding in recent years, says he will certainly be considering applying for this special relocation fund.

Mr Cleary says he had concerns early this month when he saw the levels of the Shannon around his home in Carrickobrien rise once again, but he is very happy the river has dropped considerably in the last week after the discharge of more water at Parteen Weir.

He says though that it’s very hard to live with this kind of worry about his home and business, and he will seriously applying under the relocation scheme.