Regulator slams Iarnród Éireann over safety standards

They criticised their attitude to safety compliance

Regulator slams Iarnród Éireann over safety standards

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The rail regulator warned the Government of “strategic safety” issues arising on the railways over time unless management at Iarnród Éireann change how they deal with safety regulation. 

In their annual report the Commission for Railway Regulation heavily criticised Iarnród Éireann’s attitude to safety compliance.

In a letter to Minister for Transport Shane Ross back in November, the commission informed him that its working relationship with the State-owned rail operator had been “unacceptably strained”.

They told the Department of Transport last year that a major paradigm shift was needed in the company’s attitude towards safety regulation.

They said "Throughout 2015 it was evident that Iarnród Éireann was taking a noticeably different approach towards safety regulation. This was most evident in the stance adopted at the most senior level in Iarnród Éireann management when responding to matters of safety management compliance identified by the commission."

Mr Ross said although the report highlighted “some strong concerns about certain safety governance matters”, he had been assured by the commission there was no immediate risk to safety.

A new action programme has recently been agreed between the commissioner for railway regulation and Iarnród Éireann as a result of the concerns.