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Friday 30 September 2016

Black Friday bargain bonanza causes traffic chaos

Published 27/11/2015 | 14:39

A man cleans Arnotts shop windows on Henry Street, Dublin, as retailers open their doors early to a relatively slow start on Black Friday. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
A man cleans Arnotts shop windows on Henry Street, Dublin, as retailers open their doors early to a relatively slow start on Black Friday. Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The bargain bonanza of Black Friday is causing traffic chaos on the country's roads this afternoon.

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Cheap deals and slashed prices mean thousands of shoppers are en route to the country's biggest shopping centres and retail parks.

Gardai are reporting all approach roads to Dundrum Shopping Centre to be experiencing heavy traffic.

Delays are starting as far back as Blackthorn Drive on the Sandyford Road.

West Dublin's shopping centres are also jam-packed with Christmas shoppers.

AA Roadwatch report "very heavy" traffic around Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, especially on the Fonthill Road towards the N4 Lucan Road.

In Blanchardstown, motorists are describing the traffic as "crazy" and "diabolical".

Twitter users report queues of cars attempting to get parking at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre.

"I couldn't take my exit so had to go back #BlackFriday," one person wrote.

AA Roadwatch are also reporting wet road conditions and have advised drivers to slow down.

"Road conditions very wet on M50 in both directions. Slow down, take extra care whilst driving and increase your braking distance," they advised motorists.

Gardai added: "Heavy rain covering much of the country, visibility is poor please turn on your lights to make yourself seen, all road users be safe be seen."

Irish retailers are expected to spend a whopping €128m today as the Black Friday shopping fever grips the country.

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