18 October 2017
By Bryan Smyth
The trade union ‘SIPTU’ has commended its members in the local authorities, fire, ambulance and emergency services and the Office of Public Works (OPW) for their courageous service to the public in relation to dealing with the lead up to and impact of storm Ophelia.
SIPTU Sector Organiser, Brendan O’Brien, said: “Several thousand SIPTU members have been involved in assisting the public in preparing for this crisis, ensuring their safety during it and the subsequent repair work.
“Our members worked tirelessly to protect communities from this unprecedented storm and undoubtedly their work has prevented far greater damage and injuries being caused than would otherwise have been the case.”
SIPTU Sector Organiser, Jane Boushell, said: “Scientists predict that due to global warming such extreme weather conditions are likely to become more frequent in the coming years. In light of these warnings we are repeating our call for the Government to ensure that frontline services provided by the local authorities, fire, ambulance and rescue services and the Office of Public Works are given the resources needed to maintain the State’s readiness to respond to such events.”
She added: “There must also be investment in remedial work to mitigate the adverse effects from a similar event in the future.”