WICKLOW AND GOVERNMENT DID NOT DECLARE MAJOR EMERGENCY – part 2!

THE REASON FOR NO NATIONAL EMERGENCY, GOVERNMENT HAS NO WEATHER PLAN

Cllr George Jones has been informed by Fine Gael HQ the reason why we don’t have a Major Emergency declared. Details provided as follows:

The government had no weather plan.

The Office of Emergency Planning’s website clearly states that:
‘A national framework for response to severe weather emergencies is
being developed to ensure that all existing local severe weather plans.
are appropriately coordinated and linked’.

Despite numerous attempts by Fine Gael’s Environment Spokesman, Phil
Hogan T.D., to obtain a copy of the national plan to deal specifically
with a severe weather crisis, that was committed to by the National
Emergency Planning Office several years ago, the Department of the
Environment confirmed at the weekend that they did not have such a plan.

Meetings currently under way to deal with the crisis are taking place in
the absence of a national weather emergency plan. We now know why the
Government’s response to this weather crisis has been so appallingly
poor. They don’t have a plan. It doesn’t exist. Despite a commitment by
the Office of Emergency Planning to prepare such a plan no such document is being used as the Government stumble and trip their way to a belated and haphazard response to the four week old crisis.

Cllr Jones said this is a disgrace in particular when the Ministers for the Environment & Defence went out of their to blame everyone else except themselves.
Firstly the Government need to provide this plan and as I indicated at Wicklow County Council yesterday we also here in Wicklow need to focus on the issues that need to be corrected for the next time.