Thursday 14 December 2017

Wrong track to safety

THE Malahide railway viaduct collapsed on August 21, 2009, minutes before a train crossed. Luckily the driver kept his head, managed to reduce speed, and nobody was injured. But the incident could have resulted in great loss of life.

In the year that has elapsed, there have been three reports into the incident -- one from the Railway Safety Commission, an Iarnrod Eireann internal report, and now one from the Railway Accident Investigation Unit. All have been severely critical of Iarnrod Eireann's record, and the latest casts a particularly cold light on the company.

It received a warning about the danger of erosion in 1997, but failed to act. The warning could have been issued on many occasions before and since.

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