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Take heed of weather warnings and stay safe – Ó Caoláin

27 February, 2018 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for the Elderly Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has implored people to heed the advice of the emergency services and the National Emergency Coordination Committee and to take all necessary precautions for the time ahead.

The TD for Cavan-Monaghan said:

“The forecasted weather spell due to hit Ireland over the next 72 hours needs to be respected. People need to take heed of the advice issued and look after themselves and also look out for those close to them be they family, friends or neighbours.

“If this weather event plays out as is anticipated, then we are in for a very challenging time over the next few days. Lives could be at risk.

“I am appealing to people, and especially to our most vulnerable, to take the necessary precautions that have been advised. Stock up on essential foods, heat your residences as required and safely and stay indoors until this weather event has passed.

“The Government’s National Emergency Coordination Committee is sending out regular updates and I would ask people to pay attention to these. Local Authorities have emergency plans in place. Emergency Services are on standby to assist those in difficulty but should only be contacted over this busy period in situations of real need.

“Sinn Féin has, today in the Dáil, called on the Government to put in place additional resources to support those most needy and with an additional fuel allowance payment to get them through this cold period.

“Additional emergency accommodation has also been put in place for the homeless and rough sleepers and I would encourage everyone who can to help ensure that they take up these beds and take refuge from the elements. The additional bed provision should be retained and maintained for the homeless and rough sleepers following the passing of this cold spell.” 

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