No lessons learned from last January’s Big Freeze – Breen.

December 3rd, 2010 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Spokesperson on Overseas Aid & Human Rights and Clare T.D. Pat Breen said today (Friday) that the Government has learned no lessons from last January’s Big Freeze.

Deputy Breen was speaking as hundreds of people throughout the County struggled to get this work this morning following heavy snow falls during the night.

“The Minister for Transport and the NRA have been reassuring us that they were ready for any eventuality which the weather could throw up this year. This is quite clearly not the case.”

“I have been in touch with Clare County Council and the NRA this morning following concerns that there may not be enough salt available in the event that this weather persists well in to next week. I understand from the NRA that they will be advising Local Authorities to conserve supplies even though they are expecting further deliveries of salt next week. I am concerned that this may not be enough to cope with the demand.”

“We are now only in the 1st week of December so what is going to happen with we face more severe weather conditions in the next month or two.”

“While the main routes are being salted many regional roads are going untreated and people living along these routes are enduring severe hardship. If salt supplies run out these people could be facing even greater hardship.”

“Last January we were promised that a coordinated winter maintenance programme would be place for this winter. None of these basic structures are in place and this shows a complete lack of leadership and urgency from the Minister for Transport and his been reassuring us that they were ready for any eventuality which the weather could throw up this year. This is quite clearly not the case.”

“I have been in touch with Clare County Council and the NRA this morning following concerns that there may not be enough salt available in the event that this weather persists well in to next week. I understand from the NRA that they will be advising Local Authorities to conserve supplies even though they are expecting further deliveries of salt next week. I am concerned that this may not be enough to cope with the demand.”

“We are now only in the 1st week of December so what is going to happen with we face more severe weather conditions in the next month or two.”

“While the main routes are being salted many regional roads are going untreated and people living along these routes are enduring severe hardship. If salt supplies run out these people could be facing even greater hardship.”

“Last January we were promised that a coordinated winter maintenance programme would be place for this winter. None of these basic structures are in place and this shows a complete lack of leadership and urgency from the Minister for Transport and his Department who have ultimate responsibility in this regard.