Floods start as freeze recedes
Ireland has been hit by flooding as a rise in temperatures has caused the big freeze to begin to melt.
Heavy rain mixed with melting slush and snow has caused flooding in the south of the country.
Motorists have been warned of dangerous driving conditions, with the N22 Cork to Tralee Road barely passable in parts.
Stormy conditions in the city have left debris scattered across roads.
A platoon of almost 40 troops and six vehicles have been deployed in Skibbereen to fill and distribute sandbags to help prevent a repeat of the devastating floods that hit the city and county in November.
They will remain based and sleep in Skibbereen Town Hall for the next 48 hours helping the local authority and gardai.
The Defence Forces said 20 troops were also working in Co Leitrim helping to grit roads as icy conditions remained in some midland and northern areas.