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Dublin Port Tunnel Safety
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30 June 2005

Dáil Question
No:  _______

To ask the Minister for Transport if he has satisfied himself with all safety plans for the Port Tunnel especially at Fairview, Dublin 3; and the potential for flooding in this area.

Finian McGrath.
For WRITTEN answer on Thursday, 30th June, 2005.
Ref No:   23681/05     Proof:   472

Answered by Minister for Transport(Martin Cullen)


Safety issues at the Dublin Port Tunnel are matters for the Contractor, Dublin City Council, and the National Roads Authority (NRA).

I am satisfied that in supervising the design and construction of the Port Tunnel, the NRA have been fully cognizant of the need to ensure the highest standard of safety provision and has taken account of the most up-to-date standards and codes of practice.  Safety has been a primary consideration in the development and implementation of the scheme.  A recent safety audit of the project confirms that the Port Tunnel complies in all respects with the requirements of the proposed EU Directive on Safety in Road Tunnels.

The drainage provisions of the tunnel have been developed as part of the design and construction process to cater for the drainage requirements of the project.  These provisions include drainage gullies and sumps, pumping equipment plus power and emergency power arrangements.  These installations comply with the prevailing standards and address in full any flooding potential within the tunnel.