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Met Eireann to consider including Northern Ireland weather warnings after Sinn Fein complaints

A Met Eireann weather warning map. Credit: Met Eireann.
A Met Eireann weather warning map. Credit: Met Eireann.
Gareth Cross

By Gareth Cross

Met Eireann has said that they will "look at ways" of incorporating Northern Ireland's weather warnings into their service, after complaints from Sinn Fein.

Their pledge comes after former Lord Mayor of Belfast Niall O Donnghaile said the Irish weather service Met Eireann was "amputating" Northern Ireland from weather warnings maps.

In the recent bad weather spell Met Eireann left Northern Ireland out of a number of weather warnings posted on their online services, despite similar warnings being in effect.

Northern Ireland's weather warnings are issued by the Met Office, which covers the whole of the UK.

The two groups use different standards to issue their own individual weather warnings.

However, the weather forecast for Northern Ireland can be viewed on the Met Eireann website.

Sinn Fein Senator O Donnghaile said the matter was of "great frustration" and that "weather knows no borders".

A spokesperson for Met Eireann said that the group would look "at ways that they could incoporate the warnings issued by the UK Met Office in displays in the future.

"Our localised forecasts that are available on the website and app will give a forecast for anywhere in Ireland with a 2.5km resolution. You can enter in different locations (towns/cities) and view the forecast for that area," the spokesperson said.

"The UK Met Office issues the warnings for Northern Ireland. In line with best practice, the meteorological agency with jurisdiction solely issues the warnings for that area.

"Warnings are essential to advise people of forecasted severe weather, help protect life and as such need to be issued with a single authoritative voice."

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