[ The National Emergency Coordination Group Briefing this afternoon. Top from left: Liam Basquille (office of Public Works) , Brian Kenny and Sean Hogan, Dept of the Enviroment, and Met Eireann’s Ger Fleming]
The Government has defended the decision of the National Emergency Coordination Group not to hold until yesterday its first plenary meeting in response to the adverse weather and flooding of the last month.
Fianna Fáil social protection spokesman Willie O’Dea said this morning that he was “gobsmacked” that the group had not met until this month. He was responding to an interview given by the group’s chair Sean Hogan this morning in which he disclosed its first formal meeting had been held yesterday.
(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)