26 March 2021

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney, T.D., as Chair of the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning, has published the National Risk Assessment for Ireland. It has been developed by the Department of Defence’s Office of Emergency Planning in conjunction with Dublin City University and the members of the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning.

The National Risk Assessment was noted by Government earlier this week. When briefing the Government, the Minister emphasised that:

the National Risk Assessment has been developed following extensive consultations with all Departments and key Agencies and the input of subject matter experts. It identifies and assesses the likelihood and impact of key risks facing the State across a broad range of emergencies.

This National Risk Assessment provides a basis for establishing priorities for the mitigation of the key risks identified at the national level and will inform Government decisions regarding resource allocation.

The Minister added

It is intended that publication of this document will enhance public awareness of the significant risks which the State faces and which are being addressed by colleagues across Government.

This National Risk Assessment has also been shared this week with the European Commission as part of Ireland’s national commitments under the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and will form part of the EU-wide risk assessment process.

The National Risk Assessment for Ireland 2020 will be published at www.defence.ie and www.emergencyplanning.ie