Remain safe and vigilant throughout Storm Ophelia – O’Neill
Sinn Féin leader in the north Michelle O’Neill MLA has said she remains in continuous contact with the interim Head of the Civil Service to ensure government departments are doing all in their power to keep the public safe from the threat of Storm Ophelia.
Michelle O’Neill was speaking after news that one person has lost their life in Co Waterford in a tragic accident when a tree fell on their vehicle and more than 100,000 homes are already without power.
Michelle O’Neill said:
“I have been in continuous contact with the interim Head of the Civil Service to ensure that government departments are doing everything they can to keep the public safe from the threat posed by Storm Ophelia.
“All government departments met this morning to organise responses, and will continue to meet this afternoon and all first responders are working closely together.
“No one should underestimate the potential threat to life and property from the storm.
“Tragically one person has already lost their life as a result of this storm and more than 100,000 homes are without power in Munster and Waterford.
“People should not travel unless their trip is absolutely necessary.
“I want to remind people to stay safe and remain vigilant throughout the day.
"If safe to do so lock down or securely store any items outside your home or business and be mindful of the risks of roof tiles being dislodged.
“I would also ask that people take care of any isolated and vulnerable neighbours today in advance of the oncoming severe weather and attempt to stay in phone contact.
"People should not take risks today and all efforts should be made to keep everyone safe."