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Irish Rail denies warning over viaduct problems

A major investigation into the accident last year, however, has found that concerns were expressed by a group of Scouts, canoeing beneath the bridge, just a week before the collapse.

But there was a “misunderstanding” and an engineer focused an inspection on the structure of the bridge, not the foundation beneath.

Iarnrod Eireann yesterday released the findings of its investigations into the incident.

The company said a visual inspection of the viaduct did not lead engineers to question the stability or the structural integrity of the structure.

The company submitted its complete report to the Rail Accident Investigation Unit and the Railway Safety Commission last month, and published parts of it yesterday.

The report will be considered by the rail accident investigation unit as part of its independent investigation into the incident. The rail line was closed for almost three months, reopening last November.

The report said that a series of actions have already taken place, or are under way arising out of the accident. The driver of the train has been commended for his quick thinking.

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