Thursday, 3 May 1990
Dáil Éireann Debate
44. Mr. G. Mitchell asked the Minister for Tourism and Transport the steps which have been taken since the Mayo train derailment of 1989 to improve safety at rail-crossings; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Minister for Tourism and Transport (Mr. Brennan): The Board of Inquiry appointed by Iarnród Éireann in connection with the passenger train derailment near Claremorris, County Mayo, on 24 September 1989 has been examining the possibilities of eliminating and reducing hazards in the operation of accommodation level crossings.
I have been informed by CIE that the board's review of this matter is nearing completion and I expect to receive proposals from the company shortly in relation to additional measures or changes in existing procedures that may need to be implemented to improve safety at rail crossings.
In the meantime, Iarnród Éireann have at my request contacted the main farming organisations regarding the safe use of accommodation crossings by farmers. In addition all known users of such crossings have been visited by railway personnel and instructed on the safe and proper use of the crossings. A media campaign has also been launched and advertisements have appeared in the farming press and at marts and there has been a series of spot radio advertisements.
Finally, a national liaison committee consisting of representatives of Iarnród Éireann and the farming organisations has been established to discuss safety-related matters. Arising from this, regional committees representative of the company's local management and local farming interests have been established to ensure improved safety standards and procedures.
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