The Agriculture Minister Michael Creed has warned that Ireland is likely to experience further freak weather, such as flooding and mudslides which hit Donegal this week.
Newstalk reports that Minister Creed commented on the effect of climate change as being to blame:
"I think with climate change we're going to see more extreme weather evens of this kind.
"It is questionable what any State, and what this Government, can do - but the most important thing is that the Government responds appropriately.
"It's also important that in the bigger picture context that we play our part in terms of the appropriate policies to deal with climate change".
"We need to invest in flood relief measures - but bear in mind, and anybody who has put a foot in the Inishowen Penninsula in recent days will tell you, that people up there say this is not an area that has previously been subject to flood risk".
Up to 500 homes have been damaged by floods in Donegal, as well as bridges and roads destroyed. The Defence Forces are continuing to help with the clean-up of the area, but it could be some time before homes are repaired.