Flood relief scheme launches for Donegal farmers

They can access funds up to a maximum of €15,000

Flood relief scheme launches for Donegal farmers

Members of the Defence Forces supporting flood relief efforts in Donegal | Image via @defenceforces on Twitter

A scheme for farmers affected by the recent floods in Donegal is now accepting applications.

It follows previous schemes announced by the Department of Social Protection for households and the Department of Defence for small businesses, voluntary groups and sporting organisations.

The launch of application forms to local farmers follows the announcement of the scheme by Agriculture Minister Michael Creed last week.

Government Chief Whip Joe McHugh said: "All strands of Government and all ministers in Cabinet have worked hard to support local people in Donegal in a time of great need.

"The remnants of Hurricane Gert hit north Donegal on the night of August 22nd, hitting Inishowen particularly hard.

"The storm sent millions of litres of water through parts of the county and caused tremendous damage to homes and communities.

"This Government responded immediately to the crisis and that included a report compiled by Teagasc on the damage inflicted on farms."

This latest measure allows farmers access to funds up to the maximum allowable under EU regulations of €15,000 for any uninsured losses.

These losses can be in the areas of livestock, loss or damage of conserved hay or silage, clean-up of damaged agricultural lands and repairs to damaged fencing.

Application forms are available on the Department Agriculture's website.

Completed applications must be received by Friday September 19th 2017 at the address below:

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine,
Direct Payments Unit (Flood Damage Relief Measure),
Government Offices,
Old Abbeyleix Road,
Portlaoise,
Co Laois