Hundreds of farmers still waiting for emergency flood relief funding

Simon Coveney introduced the Emergency Flood Damage Relief following Storm Desmond

Hundreds of farmers still waiting for emergency flood relief funding

Air corps pictures over the Shannon area during Storm Desmond. Photo RollingNews.ie/Department of Defence

Hundreds of farmers are still waiting for emergency flood relief funding that was promised in the wake of Storm Desmond.

Flood relief funding for local authorities and farmers has yet to be paid by the Department of Agriculture, while others have been told they are not eligible for the scheme.

It was set up by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney earlier this year in response to severe flooding around the country in December and January.

Assistance will also be provided to cover the rental costs incurred where livestock had to be moved off farms and onto alternative lands because of potential welfare issues.

Chairman of the Flood Project Team with the Irish Farmers' Association Tom Turley says that much of the affected land is not workable this year.

Speaking on Newstalk Lunchtime, Mr Turley explained, "we have a situation all over the country where tillage farmers have lost their winter crops - potato farmers lost their crops... maize farmers and beet farmers in particular.

"They have been absolutely afforded nothing in this scheme. They have been told they are not entitled to anything. That is not acceptable," he added.