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Floods surround a house in the Golden Island area of Athlone. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

The Government is examining levies on insurance policies as part of its response to the flooding crisis. Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform B(...)

Floods surround a house in the Golden Island area of Athlone.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Latest estimates show that nearly 900 properties have been inundated over the past month, with 470 homes and 388 businesses suffering significant wate(...)

In a statement, the bishops of the Church of Ireland  noted that “extensive hardship is being experienced in many places across the island of Ireland as a result of recent floods. People have been left without food, shelter, warmth and clothing as a result of flooding and water damage.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The archbishops and bishops of the Church of Ireland have launched an appeal for funds to help people affected by the floods. They have asked church(...)

 Flood defences holding back the river Suir in  Clonmel. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There are two major policy reasons for the current flooding – a failure of our planning policy over the past half-century and a policy failure in resp(...)

Ryszard Suchowiecki and his daughter Paulina at their home in Midleton, which was damaged in recent flooding. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

“We just have bad luck, I guess,” said Paulina Suchowiecki as she returned on Thursday with her father, Ryszard Suchowiecki, to survey the damage done(...)

Government ministers and the insurance industry have engaged in a public bout of mutual recrimination on the issue of flooding. Their efforts to defle(...)

Overhead view of flooding in Athlone. Photograph: Irish Air Corps

Flood-defence work in Athlone should begin immediately if the cost involved is only up to €6 million, said Fine Gael TD Gabrielle McFadden . The Off(...)

Recent flooding in Bandon: According to Cork Chamber chief executive, Conor Healy, the Government must work with renewed focus to prevent any repeat of the flooding which followed Storm Frank and caused huge disruption to businesses in many Cork towns. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Flood relief schemes must be delivered on schedule to prevent the sort of devastation and disruption to business and trade witnessed in Cork and other(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams speaks on Thursday with Geraldine Quinlivan  in  Clonlara, Co Clare. Photograph: Gerry Adams via Twitter

Whistle-stop tours by politicians to flood-hit areas can be “insulting”, according to Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams. Mr Adams, who met flood victi(...)

Jim Casey of the OPW said all its gauges across the Shannon recorded a drop in water levels of up to 7cm over the last 48 hours, but emphasised the situation remains severe in areas such as Athlone (above, January 5th), where the Shannon remains 2cm above its 2009 peak. Photograph: Irish Air Corps Athlone

River levels continue to fall across much of the country, but Wednesday night’s heavy rain brought fresh flooding to houses in Co Wicklow. Parts of (...)

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