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Fortunately, major emergencies are by their very nature very rare events in Ireland. Should one occur which impacts on Dún Laoghaire Rathdown, the County Council, as a Principal Response Agency, will more than likely be expected to play a major role. Preparation for and management of major emergencies is a responsibility of local authorities.

Mindful of this responsibility the Council has developed an on-going Major Emergency Management Programme. As part of this programme and in accordance with the requirements of ‘A Framework for Major Emergency Management (2006)’ this Major Emergency Plan has been prepared. The Plan is intended to facilitate the response to, and the recovery from, major emergencies by the Council and to ensure that the Council’s actions are co-ordinated with those of the two other designated Principal Response Agencies - the Health Services Executive and An Garda Siochana.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is confident that relying on this Major Emergency Plan and the Major Emergency Management Programme and with the support of other agencies it will be in a position to respond appropriately to any major emergency.

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