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Thursday 22 March 2018

Harbour emergency list badly out of date

Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dun Laoghaire Harbour

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National emergency plans might need an overhaul after it emerged that one of the country's major ports has contact information out of date by years.

All local authorities and ports were directed to draw up or revise plans after the 9/11 terror attacks. The plans should include contact details for senior figures. But last week, it emerged that Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company has apparently fallen behind in its contact arrangements.

The Harbour Company submitted its 'Emergency Management' plan to An Bord Pleanala as part of its proposal to spend an estimated €18m dredging the harbour and making preparations for berthing giant cruise ships.

Of nine names included on the contact list for senior management figures in the event of a major emergency, seven were uncontactable due, it is understood, to retirements or resignations.

The list includes former Dun Laoghaire Harbour 'chief executive' Mr Michael Hanahoe, who retired in March 2009. Mr Hanahoe answered his phone when the Sunday Independent called on Friday evening, but explained he had left the company.

The phone numbers of the next two senior contact figures on the list were out of service. It is understood both men have also retired.

The current Harbour Master, Captain Simon Coate, did answer his phone and asked if there was an emergency.

Of the remaining five numbers on the emergency contact list, two were no longer in service and three went straight to voicemail.

Sunday Independent

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