Tuesday, 9 June 2020
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Bord na Móna
519. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if confirmation has been received from Bord na Móna that its health and safety plans and procedures have been updated to provide sufficient support to deal with bog fires in the absence of the recently laid-off 200 plus staff (details supplied). [10141/20]
Bord na Móna is a commercial State company operating under the Turf Development Acts 1946 to 1998. Health and Safety matters such as those raised by the Deputy are operational in nature and not ones in which I, as Minister, have any role or function. However Bord na Móna have informed me that there has been no requirement to modify or adapt existing procedures as there has been no reduction in their capability to manage fires on its estate. Experienced and trained staff and equipment have been available and have responded promptly whenever required.