Collapsed station roof passed safety inspection in January

The roof that collapsed in Cork’s Kent Station was inspected and passed as safe last January.

Iarnród Éireann confirmed that the full annual inspection of the station was carried in January and that no issues were identified as needing repair or follow up.

Dozens of rail passengers cheated death by seconds on Wednesday when a freak “mini-tornado” squall destroyed a huge section of the station roof just after a loaded train pulled out.

One woman was injured when a 400m section of roof over platforms 1 and 2 collapsed during high winds just after 3pm. Two people were treated for shock.

Iarnród Éireann spokesman Barry Kenny said the two platforms were likely to be out of operation for two to three weeks and the investigation into the roof collapse is likely to take “a number of months”.

“We have metallurgists on site today,” he said. “A full investigation is being carried out into the cause of the roof collapse. Obviously, the immediate cause was due to the extreme localised weather conditions at the time, but we will be carrying out a full investigation to see if there were any underlying factors.”

The independent Rail Accident Investigations Unit is carrying out a preliminary investigation.

The station was closed for several hours following the incident, causing severe disruption to commuter and inter-city rail services, with bus transfers in operation.

However, a full service operated from yesterday morning and the closure of the two platforms is not expected to significantly impact the schedule.

Gardaí last night said the lower Glanmire Rd, which runs along the front of the station, will be open today, though they said the forecasted strong winds could necessitate that decision to be revisited.

Meanwhile, around 4,000 homes and businesses were without power last night after storm-force winds battered the country. The ESB said network crews were working to restore supplies.

A weather warning remains in place for almost the entire country.


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