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Thursday 2 October 2014

Gales lash capital but damage is limited

Sam Griffin

Published 05/02/2014 | 02:30

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THE latest storm to batter the country caused minor damage in Dublin with gales and heavy rainfall causing some structural damage in the capital as well as uprooting dozens of trees.

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The South and South East once again bore the brunt of the storm's force with no reports of any major flooding in Dublin.

But powerful gusts did collapse an entire 30ft iron pub-front sign of Lanigan's Plough Bar just yards across the road from the Abbey Theatre on Marlborough Street in the city centre.

The sign collapsed around 9pm but there were no injuries reported. Gardai sealed a stretch of the street off and the incident also resulted in disruption to the Luas Red line service, which operates on Abbey Street, with debris littering the tracks.

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The storm caused further headaches for Red Line commuters with no tram services running between Belgard and the Saggart stop in south Dublin. A Luas official said the problem was a technical one caused by the bad weather.

At Dublin Airport two Ryanair flights diverted to Prestwick in Scotland after abandoning attempts to land shortly after 9pm while an Aer Lingus Regional flight was diverted to Belfast where it landed safely.

A spokesperson for Dublin Airport said it would be service as normal today presuming the weather died down as expected, but advised passenger to check online before travelling to the airport.

The wind and rain also hampered driving conditions with trees falling in multiple locations, blocking roads in some cases and also collapsing power lines.

Irish Independent

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