Why can't Met Éireann reflect all of Éireann? - Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile
Sinn Féin Senator and Party Spokesperson on North-South Integration Niall Ó Donnghaile has today written to the Director of Met Éireann seeking a meeting to discuss how they can better represent weather events occurring across the whole of the country.
Speaking this evening 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.
"Weather knows no borders; neither should strategies that are meant to be about communicating the very real dangers posed by emergency weather situations.
"Ireland works best when it works together. I have previously raised this issue under a 'Commencement Matter' in the Seanad and Government acknowledged that communication and information sharing needed to be improved.
"While I understand that Met Éireann and the Met Office operate two different standards in relation to weather warnings, I don't believe these competing approaches should lead to an inability to represent weather situations when/where they occur across Ireland.
"Recently we have rightly seen many weather forecasters and broadcasters north and south take a positive initiative and accurately reflect the warnings in each part of the country, thereby improving information sharing and sensibly reflecting the status of weather warnings throughout our small island.
"It makes sense to do this; it also helps keeps the maximum amount of us not only better informed but safer too.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
You can watch Niall raising this in the Seanad and the response from Government here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KCMq9eu57k&t=195s