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© Sinn FeinSinn Féin Deputy Martin Ferris has accused Minister Simon Coveney of using EU directives as an excuse for inaction on flooding.

Deputy Ferris says neither the Birds Directive nor the Habitats Directive prohibit flood prevention measures designed to protect life and property.

He told the Dáil the directives provide for situations of over-riding public interest to permit activities that might damage a Natura 2000 site but which are deemed necessary for human welfare.

He says the directives also permit derogation from species protection measures in the interests of public safety, where no alternative is available.