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'Details of means test should be published'.

Byline: AINE HEGARTY

THE Government's plan to means-test compensation payments to flood victims was branded "a disgrace" yesterday.

Fine Gael claimed the move meant many desperate families whose homes have been flooded would get no assistance from the state.

Fine Gael TD Denis Naughten also branded the EUR10million compensation figure as "paltry."

He said: "Minister Hanafin's plans to means-test the assistance means that some families whose homes have been ruined by the floods will get no assistance from the State. This is a disgrace.

"Minister Hanafin must publish details of the means test as a priority.

"The thousands of families who have been left homeless by the floods are entitled to know what, if any, assistance they will get from the Government."

Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore said it was wrong to put families through the trauma of a means test after the devastation of having their homes destroyed.

Mr Gilmore said: "The kind of documentation Community Welfare Officers normally seek may well have been washed away in the flood in many of these houses.

"In any event, it is not appropriate that people who have gone through the trauma of the flood would go through the kind of rigorous means test that is normally applied."

But the Taoiseach defended the decision yesterday.

Brian Cowen said:"Obviously one seeks to avoid an overly bureaucratic response, but one has to be accountable for public monies."

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