Strengthening Ireland’s recovery
Category : Enda Kenny
I will leave Munich later this afternoon, concluding what has been a very successful trade mission to the Netherlands and Germany.
Over the past two days, this particular trip has been focused on strengthening Ireland’s economic recovery by working towards advancing trade opportunities and attracting investment to Ireland in what is an increasingly important market.
On Wednesday, I met with senior executives of a global food corporation with operations in Ireland and visited a major pharmaceutical construction project outside Amsterdam involving a number of leading Irish engineering and construction firms.
I also travelled to Düsseldorf, where my engagements included meetings with various Irish SMEs who are attempting to increase their German market exports. In total, 17 contracts were signed by Irish companies in the Netherlands and Germany valued at approximately €57m, which is obviously very welcome news indeed. We now hope to build on that success even further.
The ongoing situation with flooding over last few weeks have obviously been extremely difficult for many communities across our country but the Government has a comprehensive plan in place to help protect communities against future flooding and protect homes and businesses.
Accordingly, we will be spending more on flood protection schemes in the next five years than in the last 20 through the provision of €430 million in the Government’s capital plan to deliver flood protection schemes.
Furthermore, our national flood plan CFRAM (Catchment Flood Risk and Assessment) has identified 300 areas in the country at risk of flooding and plans and options for each of those areas will be published in due course.
The Government has also put in place a number of measures including the creation of a new national flood forecasting system to provide constant, up to date, detailed and localised information on flood forecasting and increased funding for Councils.
On Tuesday, I convened a meeting with all relevant Ministers and State Agencies regarding the Shannon and I am pleased to say that agreement was made to set up a new co-ordination group of State agencies to oversee the implementation of flood management plans in the region.
Next week, I will be joined by relevant Ministers as I meet with the insurance industry to discuss the important issue of flood insurance. Whilst I have myself seen the scale of the devastation caused by the adverse weather, what is really required in this situation is action and we in Government will continue to offer every possible assistance to those affected.
The growth in jobs and the recovering economy offer us more resources to fund this work. We will continue to work to keep the recovery going.
Very best wishes.
Enda Kenny TD