President Micahel D Higgins.
President of Ireland Michael D Higgins has extended his sympathy to the people of Mountmellick following the devastating floods that have hit the town.
“As President of Ireland I would like to express my deepest concern and sympathy for all those who have been affected by the recent flooding, and in particular the people of Mountmellick.
"This will be a devastating experience for them, and I want to thank all those in the state, local authority and voluntary sectors who are coming to their assistance," he said.
"As events like this are occurring with greater frequency we will be called upon to draw on our resource of solidarity ever more often, and I know the Irish people will recognise and support the importance of good planning and policies that may prevent or mitigate such occurrences.
"On days like today the thoughts of all of us should be with the families affected,” concluded the statement.