The farmer’s son has been left out of the bill after the storm hit his farm in Limerick, the first major storm to hit the country in more than two years.
Key points:Mr McCaffrey has been working with the Government to help affected farmers get through the stormThis is the first of several payments made to affected farmersThe payment has been made through the Agriculture and Water Resources Department (AWRD)The payment is made by the Department of Agriculture and Food, which is part of the Department for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (DAFA).
The payment was made by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney in a letter to the owner of the farm, which was damaged by the storm.
“It is the second time in two years that I have been asked to work with farmers on their farm after a storm, this time it has been the first time,” Mr Covenysaid.
“I will continue to work closely with farmers to ensure they are getting the assistance they need, and that their families are safe and secure.”
He said the payment will be made through AWRD’s Department for the Economy, with the payment amount to be announced by the end of the week.
The letter, which came in the form of a reply to an inquiry into the storm from the Department, states that the payment is “in respect of the cost of the storm”.
The letter states that this includes the cost incurred by Mr McCaffreys’ wife to provide for their three children, including her husband, and the cost that the farm has incurred to deal with the storm and the damage caused.
The payment also includes the amount for the cost for Mr McCafferreys to maintain the property, and will cover any future maintenance costs, the letter states.
“This is a good opportunity for the Government and I to continue to assist those farmers who are affected by the floods in Limigo and elsewhere in the country,” Mr McCaffeysaid in a statement.
“These payments are a good way of ensuring that our farms are safe, secure and able to continue producing the food that sustains us and the people who work for us.”
We are not just providing this support to those farmers that have suffered in the floods, we are also providing them with financial assistance that they need to ensure that they continue to produce the products that we all rely on to survive.
“Farmers in Limicey, the Co Clare and Mayo area are also being affected by this storm, as are those in Wicklow, the Clare and Co Armagh, the south, and Dublin and Limerick.”
With this payment I hope to help these farmers secure a long-term, secure future.
“The Government’s priority is the safety of all those affected by flooding and we will continue working closely with the affected farmers to support them.”
Mr McCaffeesaid that the payments will also help those who need financial assistance to ensure their property is safe.
“They will receive a letter that will tell them how to apply for the assistance, and it will be a further two months before they can claim,” he said.
Mr McCafferysaid that he has been in contact with the Minister and his wife, and with representatives of the AWRD.
“While it is disappointing that the Department cannot provide this assistance to those affected, I will continue my efforts to work through the issue with the farmers and ensure they receive the support they need,” he added.
Mr Covenesaid the payments are being made through a system which allows farmers to apply online and is a way of giving them a sense of security in the event of a financial emergency.
“Through the payments, farmers have access to financial advice and assistance, which will enable them to pay bills and help with any repairs and maintenance,” he noted.