Hogan: Storm damage costs could reach €65m

The Environment Minister Phil Hogan has said it is expected the cost of the recent storm damage could reach around €65m.

Earlier, Phil Hogan said the Government had yet to make a decision on applying for EU funding to repair the damage from the recent storms.

The Minister told the Dáil that two thirds of the cost of the damage would apply to counties Clare and Galway.

The disaster relief fund would only normally be available if the damage in Ireland exceeded €770m, but Minister Hogan said there may be an alternative way to receive funding.

He says the Government is looking at all options.

"My department is contacting local authorities seeking more detailed reports by February 14 on the envisaged repair works including related costings," he said. "This will enable relevant departments to support local authorities on recovery measures."

he said in the meantime that all avenues of funding, including contact with the EU, were being explored.

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