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Flood damage for Shannon MD residents worthy of inclusion on insurance cover

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*Flooding in Shannon back in 2014. Photograph: Joe Buckley

Flood damage for South Clare residents needs to be included as part of insurance cover, a Clare councillor has stated.

Insurance companies were requested to consider the inclusion of flood damage for the residents of the Shannon Municipal District by Cllr John Crowe (FG) in cover offered.

Houses within the MD have been “hindered by getting flood relief on their insurance” for many years, the Sixmilebridge councillor stated. “There is a review going on at the moment, I would be hoping that we could send our views to that review and it would be included. It is very wrong at this stage, I can’t understand that the insurance companies can’t do this with the profits they are making”.

Support for the motion was voiced by Cllr Donna McGettigan (SF). “I’m in Shannon 40 years and I don’t remember it ever flooding. I can’t see why it isn’t on insurance,” she stated.

“There is more to this than meets the eye,” Cllr Gerry Flynn (IND) cautioned. He pointed to the Shannon CFRAM study which highlighted areas at risk and lands reclaimed. Having insurance was the message he believed the public needed to consume. “Get insurance is the message to people, you can lose your house because a fire, you can repatriate it after flooding”.

Cllr PJ Ryan (IND) added, “Whoever wrote the CFRAMS report thought Shannon was in danger of being flooded and I don’t think that was ever going to happen. The people of Shannon suffered because of the CFRAMS report, the risk was a lot less than the insurance companies made out”.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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