Widow calls for clarity on Red Alerts
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.’