Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “Lessons must be learnt to ensure that Government Departments are better prepared for next time. It is clear that there were serious shortcomings in how such heavy snowfall was dealt with on rural roads and what help was initially provided to farmers.
“Better plans must be put in place for all the different agencies to ensure that their reaction is improved for the next snow or extreme cold crisis. This is the latest in a number of severe cold weather periods in recent years, so we are likely to face similar weather conditions again in the future.
“We must ensure that the Road Service has the right vehicles to be able to deal, not just with gritting roads but also clearing such heavy snow.
“The livelihoods of many farmers has been seriously threatened if not destroyed by this crisis. The Department of Agriculture must do all that is possible so that it and farmers themselves are better prepared for the future.”