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‘Lessons must be learned from Ophelia response’ – O’Neill

17 October, 2017 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin leader in the north Michelle O’Neill MLA today thanked all those first responders who worked tirelessly to keep people safe from the threat for Storm Ophelia and all those working to clear up in its wake.

The Mid Ulster MLA said after all major incidents there should always be a review of the approach and lessons should be learned regarding planning and response operations in the face of civil emergencies. 

Speaking after a meeting today with the Head of the Civil Service to discuss the response to Storm Ophelia, Michelle O’Neill commented:

“After the tragic loss of three lives Storm Ophelia has left a trail of destruction in its wake with some parts of the island hit worse than others.

“As the storm dissipates and the clean-up operation begins I want to acknowledge and thank the first responders, emergency services and all those who kept the public safe through the last few days and who have worked tirelessly to deal with the damage wreaked by the storm.

“Their efforts have helped to save lives and protect property.

“To all those homecare workers who went out and battled the winds to ensure the most vulnerable were cared for, we say thank you.

“As with all major incidents there will be a review of operations and how the response was coordinated and delivered.

“It’s important that lessons are learned including early decisions in regards to school closures plus an all-Ireland approach to emergency planning as weather doesn’t recognise borders.” 

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