DEAR SIR:

Many weaknesses in services to the public were revealed by storm Ali. The fact that the Ploughing Championships was so badly disrupted just served to highlight the shortcomings. Met Éireann, with all of its mod-cons, got that one badly wrong but it followed a succession of quite inaccurate forecasts, particularly in relation to the north and west regions. Whatever the reasons, we can no longer rely on their forecasts for weekends.