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Minister Smith visits flood affected areas in Galway

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD, today visited flood-affected areas in Co Galway including a number of farms to assess the full effects of the past week's floods.

 The Minister was accompanied by local Department officials and officials from Teagasc who have been working closely with local farmers and representatives from farm organisations to address the difficulties caused by the flooding, including the loss of fodder.

 Minister Smith said that "having announced details of a €2 million fodder aid package, I was anxious to see how the funding can be used to best effect to help those farmers who have lost fodder in the past week."

The Minister also commended those farmers and farm organisations which, he said "were doing outstanding work in relieving the plight of farmers and their families by providing emergency supplies of fodder."  Minister Smith also confirmed that, apart from providing funding, his Department was anxious to assist in any practical way in assisting with the distribution of fodder and assured farmers that the services of other State agencies, including the Defence Forces, would be made available, if required.

 The Minister described the situation he had witnessed as "devastating for those involved" and said that the Government was "continuing to do all in its power, in both urban and rural communities, to alleviate the worst affects of this unprecedented flooding crisis."

 Minister Smith concluded by paying tribute to the outstanding work being undertaken by all of the State agencies invlved and those involved in the enormous voluntary effort.

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Date Released: 28 November 2009