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Met Éireann 'looking at' how to include Met Office warnings into displays following map row

A map posted on Twitter by Met Eireann only displayed weather warnings for the Republic
Marie Louise McConville

MET Éireann has said it is "looking at ways" to incorporate UK Met Office weather warnings into its displays after it was criticised for publishing an alert which omitted Northern Ireland.

The service posted a map which highlighted the Republic in yellow to signal snow and ice warnings. However, the north was left shaded in grey.

The map was posted on Twitter on Wednesday morning, prompting uproar among some users.

In reply to the image, one person tweeted: "You're really failing in your duty of care to thousands of Irish commuters by systematically neglecting to incorporate the six north eastern counties in your weather warnings. Seriously, what is the reason for this because it is totally unacceptable?"

Another wrote: "And how does this seemingly deliberately offensive map serve and assist the million or so people in our border counties?"

Another added: "Their ignorance towards the north of Ireland is shameful."

In a statement yesterday, Met Éireann said it "does forecast for the whole island of Ireland".

"Our localised forecasts that are available on the website and app will give a forecast for anywhere in Ireland within a 2.5km resolution," it said.

Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile has welcomed Met Éireann's pledge over its published weather warnings. Picture by Philip Walsh

"The UK Met office issue the warnings for Northern Ireland. In line with best practice, the meteorological agency with jurisdiction solely issues the warnings for that area.

"Met Éireann are however looking at ways that they could incorporate the warnings issued by the UK Met Office in displays in the future."

Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile welcomed the move.

He said the absence of the north on some Met Éireann maps had "caused much controversy and frustration in recent times - not least given the increasing levels of adverse weather events which are becoming a worryingly more regular reality for people".

"All we needed here was some 'Blue Sky Thinking' and credit to Met Éireann who have today indicated they are up for that," he said.

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