Cork South West TD, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has said that more must be done to clear fallen and damaged trees across the west of the country as a result of Storms Ophelia and Brian.
Deputy Murphy O’Mahony was speaking after touring her constituency to see how the clean-up operations are progressing.
“What strikes me, two weeks after Storm Ophelia and a week after Storm Brian, is the amount of damaged and fallen trees on roads and laneways.
“These trees are a danger to motorists and pedestrians alike.
“What is most concerning is that there are many trees at risk of falling down with any further deterioration in the weather.
“An audit of all damaged trees must be concluded as quickly as possible. I appreciate that this is a big task for Cork County Council, and so the Department must step in and support their work.
“This audit is essential to allow the clearing of damaged trees to take place as quickly and as efficiently as possible.
“Lives are at risk for as long as these damaged and fallen trees remain in place. The response from the Government must be sped up,” concluded Murphy O’Mahony.