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President visits Cork

President visits Cork

President Mary McAleese paid an officail visit to Cork on Monday last (December 21st 2009) to meet first hand with City Council officials, staff and members of the Emergency Services who dealt with the recent flooding crisis in the city.

The President paid the visit to express her personal appreciation to all those who worked to address the needs of the people of Cork during the recent Civic Emergency caused by the unprecedented and catastrophic flooding that occurred on the night of 19th November last, and also to demonstrate her support for those affected by the flooding.

The City Manager, Joe Gavin, welcomed the President and thanked her for taking the time to visit the city at a private meeting meeting prior to meeting with the Emergency Services and City Council staff

"As the city and the agencies responded to the emergency that was placed upon it, the phone call from the President was of tremendous support,” said Mr. Gavin. “Emergency services had been working around the clock and the message of support from the President helped to galvanise the efforts of the hundreds of people involved, and was greatly appreciated. It is great that she is now taking the time to visit us so close to Christmas”.

As well as meeting with the agencies involved in responding to the Civic Emergency, the President also met with people, businesses and organisations affected by the flooding, and charities and voluntary organisations that responded so effectively during and since the crisis.

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