The Minister for the Diaspora says the reality of global warming is with us now.
Minister Jimmy Deenihan says he has never witnessed flooding like this before and the inclement conditions mean we will have to plan better into the future.
The Cabinet is due to meet tomorrow where funding for flood defences and repairing roads is to be signed off on.
Criticism has been levelled at Taoiseach Enda Kenny for not visiting the worst hit areas earlier.
However, Minister Deenihan says Mr Kenny was out and about but not in the glare of the media: