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It is very unlikely that an incident in Ireland would lead to a widespread radiological emergency. However, here we can provide information about what would happen if such an emergency should occur.
Radiological incidents that could trigger an emergency can be broken down into three categories:
The scale of the response would depend upon the severity of the emergency and the potential danger it posed.
Any incidents with a nuclear dimension could activate the National Emergency Plan for Nuclear Accidents (NEPNA). All major radiological emergencies, whatever their cause would be handled within the Framework for Major Emergency Management.
Every major emergency has common elements, whatever the cause of the crisis.
However, radiological emergencies can also involve unique dangers which require specialised expert input. The general Framework for Major Emergency Management is supplemented by a specific protocol, which sets out procedures to ensure a coordinated response to any major emergency with a radiation or nuclear dimension.
Who would be involved in tackling a major radiation emergency?
A range of organisations are ready to move into action in the event of a major radiological emergency in Ireland.
The scale and composition of any mobilisation would depend on the magnitude and precise nature of the emergency.
The EPA would immediately be notified of any major incident involving radiation. Our broad responsibilities are:
In the event of a nuclear incident, we would also
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