Thursday 18 January 2018

Kim Bielenberg: As quake experts are jailed, should they be followed by Irish economists?

People listen to the verdict at L'Aquila court, Italy. An Italian court has convicted seven scientists and experts of manslaughter for failing to adequately warn citizens before an earthquake struck central Italy in 2009. Photo: AP
People listen to the verdict at L'Aquila court, Italy. An Italian court has convicted seven scientists and experts of manslaughter for failing to adequately warn citizens before an earthquake struck central Italy in 2009. Photo: AP

Maybe there is only one way to keep Irish economists and weather forecasters on their toes if they get their predictions wrong – throw them in jail.

That fate has befallen seven Italian experts who failed to give residents adequate warning of the deadly earthquake in L’Aquila in 2009.







The six scientists and a government official have been banged up for six years after they failed to give adequate warnings of the disaster.

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