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Monday 5 December 2016

Government worker climbed out window onto 60ft-high ledge

A woman cleans a window on a ledge at the Government Buildings
A woman cleans a window on a ledge at the Government Buildings
A woman cleans a window on a ledge at the Government Buildings

A STAFF member at Government Buildings has been reminded of safety protocols after pictures emerged of her perched on a ledge at Government buildings.

The incident took place at Upper Merrion Street buildings that house Taoiseach Enda Kenny's offices on Tuesday evening.

The woman was pictured on the ledge as much as 60ft above the basement level below.

Photographs of the incident were posted online yesterday.

People speculated on a message board that the women was cleaning the windows in the Department of the Taoiseach due to budget cutbacks following austerity measures.

No harness or other means or other means of securing her safety on the ledge of the Edwardian building can be seen in the pictures.

The incident was described by a spokesman for the Taoiseach as "a one-off occurrence".

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"The staff member in question has been reminded of their obligations under the Safety, Health and Welfare Act," he added.

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) said that they were not aware of the incident last night.

A spokesperson said that it would be inappropriate to comment on the act without knowing the context behind the pictures.

The Department of the Taoiseach did not respond when asked by the Herald what the woman's job title is or what she was doing on the ledge.

A question over whether the incident would be reported to the HSA also went unanswered by staff in Mr Kenny's department.

Daring

The photographs appear to have been taken from inside another Government building, where the Department of Agriculture is housed.

They were posted online to Broadsheet.ie where people expressed amazement at the daring episode.

A spokesperson from the Department of Agriculture said that they were not aware of the images last night but added that there are a number of occupants in the building.

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