Members should follow the advice of the Government and avoid any non essential travel tomorrow due to Hurricane Ophelia. So far as the Union is concerned that includes travel to work by members. Obviously members involved in absolutely essential services or emergency planning should use their discretion to ensure continuity of such services. Otherwise members are advised to prioritise their own safety. Should any issues arise the Union will support any member who follows this advice.
In line with Government advice regarding non essential travel the Union Offices will be closed tomorrow.
15th October, 23:46pm
The PSEU has been included in the circulation of the following statement from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government:
"During this morning's meeting of the National Emergency Co-Ordination Group in the NECC, the issue of travel to and from work in affected counties was raised by Government Departments with offices throughout the country. The NECG understands that several Government Departments, in light (of) advice provided by the NECG, have taken the decision to close offices located in counties with Status Red weather warnings. This Status Red weather warning has now been extended to the entire country - all 26 counties and 31 local authority areas are subject to the warning. The decision to close offices aligns well with the advice being provided by the NECG regarding the need to avoid any unnecessary travel during the period of the storm warning, which covers all of Monday 16th October. Departments should therefore suspend all non-essential activities for the entirety of Monday across all parts of the country."
16th October, 08:00
To staff wondering if their offices will be open today:
Management should be in touch to confrm where offices are closing.
The PSEU will use Twitter to keep members informed of any offices closures that of which we become aware. Follow us on @PSEUTradeUnion. Furthermore, many Govt Depts using Twitter to let staff know of office closures.
As of this time, offices of the following Departments are confirmed as remaining closed today:
Dept. Social Protection
Dept. Public Expenditure and Reform
Dept. Education & Skills
Dept. Foreign Affairs & Trade
Confirmation that the following Departments will close offices today (in addition to those listed earlier):
Dept Health (though required essential staff will be contacted re. attendance)
Dept. Children & Youth Affairs
Confirmed closed (in addition to those listed above)
Revenue (Except for Ports/Airports)
Offices of Dept Taoiseach closed - staff will be advised re. remote working where necessary.
Update: 16th October 2017, 18:45
Government Department Offices are scheduled to open tomorrow (17th October) as normal.
However, management should be in touch if there is a particular local reason for an office to remain shut.
As a rule of thumb, assume your workplace will be open on October 17th unless advised otherwise.