Irish Government Annual Risk Assessment Report Revealed
Written by staff reporter
First published in 2014, the annual National Risk Assessment report identifies the strategic risks facing Ireland, including geopolitical, economic, social, environmental and technological risks.
Helping to classify problem areas, the most recent report covers the significant risks facing Ireland in 2019, and aims to develop techniques and strategies to tackle the main issues as soon as possible.
The report was developed through a public consultation, which saw more than 650 submissions received from organisations, civil society groups and members of the public.
Brexit, climate change and international trade tensions have been identified as the biggest risks facing Ireland this year.
In addition, risks to economic competitiveness in Ireland played a part in the report. However, the main focus centred on climate change and biodiversity, pointing to these as the most significant risks to address.
It wasn’t the first time concerns around climate change & biodiversity were raised, with previous years also acknowledging the problem. However, this year increased public awareness and interest helped them gain more traction. Additionally, cyber security and the impact of social media on public debate were raised again.
Irelands ageing population has also been identified as a substantial risk, putting pressure on areas like education, healthcare, employment, housing and pension provision. The report reveals that the number of people aged 65 and over is estimated to increase from one in eight to one in six by 2030, and the number of people aged 85 and over is expected to nearly double.