Our res­cue crews need State help

Irish Daily Mirror - - NEWS -

CAITRIONA Lu­cas was a true hero and ded­i­cated her life to help­ing oth­ers.

The day she died, search­ing for the body of a man off cliffs in Co Clare in rag­ing seas, was a day Ire­land shed a tear for its res­cue ser­vices.

And it is with anger we must look at the Marine Ca­su­alty In­ves­ti­ga­tion Board’s re­port.

It found a cat­a­logue of fail­ures by those who are tasked to limit the risk in­her­ent in op­er­a­tions.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors high­lighted “no ef­fec­tive man­age­ment sys­tem in place with no over­sight” and said Caitriona’s ves­sel was not even prop­erly li­censed.

The re­port de­clared: “The IRCG does not have an ef­fec­tive Safety Man­age­ment Sys­tem as demon­strated by re­cent in­ci­dents and the re­sult­ing rec­om­men­da­tions which re­main out­stand­ing.”

Yet again we can see the “Ah, it’ll be grand” ethos in State in­sti­tu­tions.

There are al­ways the tri­bunals and in­quiries in the af­ter­math of tragedies and the hand­wring­ing politi­cians declar­ing their ado­ra­tion for our emer­gency ser­vices.

But yet noth­ing ever changes and a scape­goat on the bot­tom rung of the lad­der is blamed – that is how this coun­try’s lead­ers work.

Our crit­i­cal ser­vices have been dec­i­mated and their pro­tec­tions for­got­ten – our he­roes are li­ons led by don­keys.

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