A report into the Malahide Viaduct collapse that happened a year ago almost to the day has concluded that an inadequate maintenance and inspection regime at Irish Rail resulted in the collapse of the viaduct.
The report reveals that there was a systematic failure to "safeguard the viaduct structure from the impact of scour and erosion in Broadmeadow Estuary".
The report makes a series of recommendations around the areas of inspection standards, staff training, risk assessment of structures and the provision of flood protection for structures that are of high risk.
In a statement this evening the Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey TD said he has emphasised to the Chairman of CIE the importance of implementing the recommendations of the report.
A railway safety investment programme initiated by the Department of Transport is to invest "€513.38 million over 2009-2013, of which over €443 million is targeted at infrastructure investment and almost €70 million is aimed at continued enhancement of safety management systems, including human performance."
In 2010 the safety investment allocation will be €100 million. The main areas of work for 2010 are track and associated works, signalling projects, level crossing closures, new on track equipment and safety management systems.Noel Dempsey TD, Minister for Transport