Inadequate maintenance and inspection regime at Irish Rail caused viaduct collapse

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A report into the Malahide Viaduct collapse that happened a year ago almost to the day has concluded that an inadequate maintenance and inspection regime at Irish Rail resulted in the collapse of the viaduct.

The report reveals that there was a systematic failure to "safeguard the viaduct structure from the impact of scour and erosion in Broadmeadow Estuary".

The report makes a series of recommendations around the areas of inspection standards, staff training, risk assessment of structures and the provision of flood protection for structures that are of high risk.

In a statement this evening the Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey TD said he has emphasised to the Chairman of CIE the importance of implementing the recommendations of the report.

A railway safety investment programme initiated by the Department of Transport is to invest "€513.38 million over 2009-2013, of which over €443 million is targeted at infrastructure investment and almost €70 million is aimed at continued enhancement of safety management systems, including human performance."

In 2010 the safety investment allocation will be €100 million. The main areas of work for 2010 are track and associated works, signalling projects, level crossing closures, new on track equipment and safety management systems.
Noel Dempsey TD, Minister for Transport​
 
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A report into the Malahide Viaduct collapse that happened a year ago almost to the day has concluded that an inadequate maintenance and inspection regime at Irish Rail resulted in the collapse of the viaduct.
have to wonder the what the point of the Railway Safety Commission is if it doesn't ensure maintenance is up to scratch. Surely this quango should be top of the list for the chop?
 

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A report into the Malahide Viaduct collapse that happened a year ago almost to the day has concluded that an inadequate maintenance and inspection regime at Irish Rail resulted in the collapse of the viaduct.

The report reveals that there was a systematic failure to "safeguard the viaduct structure from the impact of scour and erosion in Broadmeadow Estuary".

The report makes a series of recommendations around the areas of inspection standards, staff training, risk assessment of structures and the provision of flood protection for structures that are of high risk.

In a statement this evening the Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey TD said he has emphasised to the Chairman of CIE the importance of implementing the recommendations of the report.

A railway safety investment programme initiated by the Department of Transport is to invest "€513.38 million over 2009-2013, of which over €443 million is targeted at infrastructure investment and almost €70 million is aimed at continued enhancement of safety management systems, including human performance."

Noel Dempsey TD, Minister for Transport​
The greedy push for profits from all sectors should be addressed. Nothing in that suprises me, in fact i expected that.
 

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have to wonder the what the point of the Railway Safety Commission is if it doesn't ensure maintenance is up to scratch. Surely this quango should be top of the list for the chop?
so true. All these fat fools sitting in office, scratching their holes, should be ousted. Many hundreds of them, in different industries, including politicians should be sacked.
 

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Meh! In the 19th century things happened and in the 20th you guys cheap shot the younger brother.
 

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Not surprising. It's only when you use the rail network in Continental Europe that you can see what a dog's dinner our own one is. Ridiculously high fares for short journeys, bad tempered staff, time-serving managers and a network that's only now catching up with where everyone else was 30 years ago.

Someone from Dundalk, going to a funeral in Limerick, bought a ticket from a vending machine one evening having missed the last train. He arrived at the station the following day, ticket in hand, to be told it wasn't valid. He was told tickets had to be used on the day of purchase but wasn't told why their vending machine would sell him a ticket he couldn't use. It cost him another ninety Euro to get on the train.

A backward, customer-unfriendly organisation that needs ripping apart and building up from the ground again.
 

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Was really funny listening to the guy from Rail Users of Ireland handing Barry Kenny his ass on the Matt Cooper Show. Apparently he had more information on the engineering problems with the Bridge than the CIE Engineers.

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Was really funny listening to the guy from Rail Users of Ireland handing Barry Kenny his ass on the Matt Cooper Show. Apparently he had more information on the engineering problems with the Bridge than the CIE Engineers.

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Just been listening to Barry Kenny on RTE D rivetime--think he should ask Dunbelievables for a slot on their shows. This just aint good enough and Noel Jet Dempsey and JohnFASLynch should come out and account for their stewardship--it is not good enough to leave poor Barry to take the flak. In any normal society Demsey and Lynch would have tendered their resignations to coincide with the publication of the report.
 

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A report into the Malahide Viaduct collapse that happened a year ago almost to the day has concluded that an inadequate maintenance and inspection regime at Irish Rail resulted in the collapse of the viaduct.

The report reveals that there was a systematic failure to "safeguard the viaduct structure from the impact of scour and erosion in Broadmeadow Estuary".

The report makes a series of recommendations around the areas of inspection standards, staff training, risk assessment of structures and the provision of flood protection for structures that are of high risk.

In a statement this evening the Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey TD said he has emphasised to the Chairman of CIE the importance of implementing the recommendations of the report.
A railway safety investment programme initiated by the Department of Transport is to invest "€513.38 million over 2009-2013, of which over €443 million is targeted at infrastructure investment and almost €70 million is aimed at continued enhancement of safety management systems, including human performance."

Noel Dempsey TD, Minister for Transport​
Why did he not ask for his resignation? Surely such crass mismanagement, which could have led to a major loss of life and this was only avoided by good luck and an observant driver, must be grounds for resignation or dismissal?
 

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Why did he not ask for his resignation? Surely such crass mismanagement, which could have led to a major loss of life and this was only avoided by good luck and an observant driver, must be grounds for resignation or dismissal?
The CEO of CIE gets paid something like 250k a year & when you include state operational subsidies lost 400 million last year. State investment in railways pushes that cost to the state closer to 1 billion, Sure isn't he doing a great job.

If he was somehow forced to resign he would have been a fat golden handshake such is the precedent.
 

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Hurt feelings

The CEO of CIE gets paid something like 250k a year & when you include state operational subsidies lost 400 million last year. State investment in railways pushes that cost to the state closer to 1 billion, Sure isn't he doing a great job.

If he was somehow forced to resign he would have been a fat golden handshake such is the precedent.
Dr Lynch asked that he and his colleagues not be called liars and he was supported by acting committee chairman Timmy Dooley (FF) who asked Mr O’Dowd to respect parliamentary processes.

Mr O’Dowd then said he would amend his remarks to “a deliberate falsehood”. He said the company had told the Railway Safety Commission “an untrue statement that was untrue”. He said “I think you should resign your position” and without resignations he would not have confidence in CIÉ.


CIÉ chief urged to step down over 'lies' - The Irish Times - Thu, Oct 07, 2010
 


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