: Thursday March 23, 2000
Passenger safety on Iarnród Éireann questioned
Passenger safety has been endangered on Irish railways on three occasions since 1998 according to the Irish Locomotive Drivers'
Association (ILDA) during a high court action to gain recognition of the association by Iarnród Éireann (Irish Railways).
In two of the incidents, trains had become divided. The railway company however said that due to normal safety procedures passengers' lives were not in danger in any of the incidents..
Last week, the ILDA presented a report to Railways Inspection Office which said that a 1998 report by International Risk Management Services
identified 33 "unreasonable risks". The latest audit shows that only four of these have been rectified. More worringly, according to the ILDA the IRMS noted a further 11 "unreasonable risks" in its
Iarnród Éireann’s network extands over 2,800 track kilometres and provides covers 1,900 route kilometres. In 1997 the company carried 29.4 million passengers.
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never in danger, Irish Rail asserts
The Irish Times 21 Mar 2000
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