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Efforts of Louth Civil Defence and local Defence Forces praised during Storm Emma

Efforts of Louth Civil Defence and local Defence Forces praised during Storm Emma

The efforts of the Defence Forces and Civil Defence members during Storm Emma last week have been praised by local TD Fergus O’Dowd.

Local army staff from Aiken Barracks in Dundalk assisted in transporting patients and medical staff, delivering meals, clearing paths and generally assisting the emergency services.

Meanwhile, Louth Civil Defence delivered water to vulnerable people, transported bone marrow from Belfast Airport to St James’s Hospital on behalf of the aeromedical service, transported HSE staff to facilitate the opening of an extra homeless shelter, transported a palliative care nurse from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda to several patients and transported home care personnel to patients.

Fergus O’Dowd

Deputy O’Dowd commended the work of both the Defence Forces and Civil Defence in response to Storm Emma.

“Both the Defence Forces and Civil Defence showed tremendous leadership during this severe weather period. From assisting the national ambulance service to our ESB crews, their contribution to our community deserves the utmost of recognition,” O’Dowd said.

“Personnel worked night and day and were supported by many of their colleagues in the national ambulance service and coastguard.  What we saw during Storm Emma was incredible collaboration between all the state agencies.

“I know I speak on behalf of everyone when I say thank you to the Defence Forces, Civil Defence and all state bodies that were involved in the response.

“While the storm may be over, the clean-up must now take place. Our local council will work with other agencies to ensure all life returns to normal in all communities across the county.

“We have seen recently with both Storm Ophelia and Storm Emma that extreme weather events are becoming more frequent. That’s why it’s important we invest in climate action. The New National Development Plan, Project Ireland 2040, contains provision for €22bn of investment in this area.”

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