Salt supplies for 10 days but not all roads to be treated
Published 03/12/2010 | 05:00
LOCAL authorities have enough salt to treat roads for the next 10 days but will not be able to make local and regional roads safe.
There has been widespread criticism about untreated roads, with dairy farmers worried about transporting milk and getting fodder to livestock.
The sub-zero conditions will continue well into next week, meaning roads will remain dangerous. Householders are urged to conserve water and not to leave taps running at night.
There was significant disruptions to public transport services in Dublin, with the east among the worst-hit parts of the country yesterday.
Roads were treacherous , particularly in Kildare, Wicklow, Meath and Louth.
Motorists were urged to avoid the N2 Dublin-Monaghan road, and to be especially careful on the old N1 Julianstown to Drogheda road.
The Dublin-Waterford motorway through Carlow was dangerous, as was the Gorey bypass in Wexford.
Parts of Waterford city were described as "extremely hazardous", while out-patient clinics at St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny were cancelled.
Carlow town was impassable for much of the day.
Parts of Cork remain virtually inaccessible and oil companies are dealing with record demand, resulting in a waiting list of four days for home heating fuel deliveries in some parts.
Most bus, rail and airport services in Cork were unaffected but roads remain very dangerous. Temperatures are expected to plummet to their lowest level yet today.
Residents in east Limerick and north Tipperary woke yesterday to discover that snow had finally arrived in their region.
While driving conditions were very hazardous in places, there were no major incidents.
Overnight lightning caused power outages at homes in Limerick city and Ennis, with ESB crews working throughout the day to restore the service.
Traffic was brought to a standstill on one of the busiest roads in the west after a button on pedestrian lights became stuck in the frost. Delays are common through Claregalway village on the N17 between Galway and Tuam, but constant use of the pedestrian button led to delays of up to two hours for the 27,000 commuters who pass through every day.
Water consumption in Donegal has increased by 220,000 gallons a day, with rationing now in place.
Consumers are being urged not to leave taps running and to check for burst mains and leaks, particularly on farms and at vacant properties.
The N15 mountain road between Donegal town and Ballybofey recorded the lowest overnight temperatures in the country of -9C.
Westmeath roads were very dangerous, especially around Mullingar and Athlone. The M4 and M6 motorways were dangerous in parts, and motorists were urged to avoid using the overtaking lane.
In Offaly, conditions around Tullamore and Birr were treacherous and the Kinnitty to Mountrath Road was closed.
Additional reporting by Barry Duggan, John Fallon, Conor Kane and Anita Guidera