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Storm Ophelia funding for clean up only

Wednesday, 10th January, 2018 10:26am

Replacing the trees that fell during Storm Ophelia will have to wait. 

The funding package Cork City Council is set to recoup in a bid to remedy the damage Storm Ophelia caused can only be spent on clean-up operations, not on replacing trees. However, it can be spent on removing tree stumps. 

On 16 October, ex-Hurricane Ophelia impacted the country bringing widespread disruption and damage to many parts. Cork City Council is set to recoup €1,986,474 while Cork County Council is to get €1,492,829 to help with clean up operations. 

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government revealed last week that it is making this funding available to the local authorities.

On Monday, at a meeting of Cork City Council, Independent Cllr Kieran McCarthy asked if the €1.9 million fund could be spent on trees. Senior management of Cork City Council said that while this Government funding couldn’t be spent on replacing trees, it could be spent of removing tree stumps. 

The money can only be spent on clean up operations and replacing trees does not come under this remit. 

Cork City Council said it has organised that a contractor will, later this month, start removing the tree stumps across the city. This couldn’t be done when the trees were being cut down as they require specialist equipment. 

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