Statement from the Railway Safety Commission

21 Jul 2010

The Railway Safety Commission (RSC), Ireland's independent safety regulator, is surprised and disappointed to hear that some or all of the contents of the compliance audit prepared by the Commission in relation to the Malahide (Broadmeadow viaduct) incident has been leaked. It is not due for publication until after the investigation report of the Railway Accident Investigation Unit (RAIU) has been made public.

Under section 57(1) of the Railway Safety Act, the RSC is not permitted to influence an investigation by the RAIU. Therefore, making public evidence that is being considered by the RAIU in its investigation is contrary to what the Railway Safety Act is seeking to achieve and unhelpful to the integrity of the investigation.

The RSC is confident that the information in question did not come from within the RSC.

For reference contact:

Lorna Carney
Alchemy Communications
Tel: 01 6755147/ 087 2872741

Caitriona Keenahan
Railway Safety Commission
Tel: 01 2068110

Note to Editors

About the Railway Safety Commission

The Railway Safety Commission was established under the Railway Safety Act 2005 as the independent railway safety regulator in the Republic of Ireland. It has responsibility for matters of railway safety on passenger and freight carrying systems. The RSC is responsible for overseeing the safe operation of all railway companies, including Iarnród Éireann, Veolia (Luas Operator), Bord Na Móna where their railway interfaces with public roads and a number of heritage railways. The RSC is also responsible for the approval of new projects undertaken by the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) and Iarnród Éireann.

The RSC is responsible to the Oireachtas for enforcing railway safety legislation through the implementation and supervision of good safety management systems by railway operators and through fostering and encouraging railway safety.

The RSC employs 9 people including the Commissioner, 6 inspectors and two administrative staff.