Widow calls for clar­ity on Red Alerts

The Argus - - NEWS -

THE widow of the Ravens­dale fa­ther of two, Fin­tan Goss, who was killed as he trav­elled home from work dur­ing Storm Ophe­lia has made a heart­felt plea that no fam­ily will have to ex­pe­ri­ence a sim­i­lar tragedy.

Pamela Goss has writ­ten to all lo­cal TDs urg­ing re­quest­ing clar­ity for pri­vate sec­tor work­ers dur­ing red alert weather warn­ings.

Deputy Peter Fitz­patrick, a fam­ily friend who had been man­ager of St Pa­trick’s GFC when Fin­tan played for the club, raised the is­sue in the Dail last Wed­nes­day and said that the Taoiseach had con­firmed that a re­port will be car­ried out and sub­mit­ted to Cab­i­net in Jan­uary 2018 on the re­sponse to Storm Ophe­lia.

‘One of the is­sues it will ex­am­ine is how we can bet­ter de­fine what pub­lic safety warn­ings mean.

It is ac­knowl­edged that there is a very clear mech­a­nism in place for clos­ing schools and pub­lic of­fices, but there was an el­e­ment of con­fu­sion re­gard­ing what pri­vate sec­tor busi­nesses and self-em­ployed per­sons should do.’

Deputy Fitz­patrick said:’I re­ceived a dev­as­tat­ing email from Pamela Goss, the wife of Mr Fin­tan Goss who left for work on Mon­day, 16 Oc­to­ber last and did not come home. He died on his way from work in Dun­dalk dur­ing Storm Ophe­lia.

‘ The lack of clar­ity around emer­gency guide­lines for pri­vate sec­tor work­ers is the rea­son Fin­tan Goss’ chil­dren have no fa­ther, his wife Pamela has no hus­band and the Goss fam­ily has lost a son and brother.’

He added ‘ The Taoiseach con­veyed the con­do­lences of the coun­try and Gov­ern­ment to the Goss fam­ily and stated the most im­por­tant is­sue was to en­sure no one else loses his or her life.’

In her let­ter to lo­cal politi­cians, Pamela urged them that if they wanted to hon­our her late hus­band, that they should ‘sit down with the pow­ers that be and see what can be done quickly and ef­fi­ciently.’

She called for clar­ity so that there would be no con­fu­sion in work­places when a weather alert has been put in place, say­ing that this lack of clar­ity and con­fu­sion was why ‘my chil­dren have lost their lov­ing fa­ther, the Goss fam­ily have lost their won­der­ful son and brother and the rea­son why I have lost my soul­mate, my part­ner, my hus­band.’

Fin­tan was killed when a tree fell on his car as he trav­elled home from Su­mit­omo Mitsu Trust Group in the Finnabair In­dus­trial Es­tate where he worked as a se­nior fund man­ager.

Pamela con­tends that some work­ers were send home due to de­te­ri­o­rat­ing weather con­di­tions, but not her hus­band.

While she had re­ceived com­fort­ing words from thou­sands of peo­ple, with of­fers of help, sup­port and gen­uine kind­ness, she now wanted an­swers to pre­vent an­other need­less tragedy, where an­other fam­ily is de­stroyed be­cause no one stood up and was counted.’

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