“Put Ireland on the Map” – Ó Donnghaile
Speaking after a Commencement Matter on cross-border coordination during emergency weather alerts, Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile encouraged Government and other relevant agencies to ensure they communicate nationally and reflect Ireland in its entirety.
Speaking from Leinster House today Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said;
“It is a cause of great frustration when the north-east of Ireland is amputated from maps that are supposed to be about alerting people to adverse or emergency weather situations. This same frustration also applies the other way too, when weather agencies in the north ignore or leave out the rest of Ireland.
"Weather knows no borders; neither should strategies that are meant to be about communicating the very real dangers of emergency weather situations.
"Ireland works best when it works together; we have seen that in other emergency situations, like the “Fortress Ireland” approach during foot and mouth crisis for example.
"I was encouraged to hear from Minister English in response to my question, the sheer level of cooperation and shared preparations that actually takes place – the big weakness however remains in appropriately and accurately communicating and above all, reflecting this information on an all-Ireland, national basis.
"I have asked the Minister to ensure that bodies like RTÉ and Met Éireann are instructed to adequately reflect the information which, according to the response from the Minister, is there and easily obtainable, and to let the general public see that it when they turn on their TVs or open the apps on their phones.
"Ireland - all of Ireland needs to be put on the map when the people are threatened with extreme weather conditions.
"It makes sense to do so; it can help keep more of us not only better informed but safer too.”