Weather blamed as gardaí hurt in crash
Published 17/11/2015 | 02:30
Horrific weather conditions are being blamed for an accident in Kerry which left three gardaí injured.
The gardaí, all based in Listowel, miraculously escaped serious injury when their vehicle hit a stone wall shortly after 2.30am yesterday.
The accident occurred at Gortnaskeha outside Ballybunion and no other vehicle was involved.
It is suspected that high winds and spot-flooding may have been a major factor in the vehicle losing control and hitting the wall near a bad bend. All three officers were on duty at the time of the accident and are believed to have been responding to a call-out.
It is understood the three officers sustained a mix of injuries ranging from cuts, bruises and strains to suspected fractures. All three are expected to be discharged from Kerry General Hospital in the next 48 hours.
Locals who attended the scene said the gardaí were "very lucky" to have avoided more serious injuries given the severity of the damage caused to their car. Driving conditions were described as treacherous at the time with heavy rain and high winds.
Meanwhile, businesses and home owners in the north west began the clear-up after a weekend of torrential rain - as Met Éireann issued a new weather warning for Munster and parts of Leinster. Storm Barney will bring wind gusts of up to 110kph to the south of the country today.
Hundreds of thousands of euro worth of damage was caused to buildings and cars after a high tide combined with heavy rain to send the worst flood waters in half a century into towns and villages along the River Finn in Co Donegal.
Volunteers spent yesterday mopping out a community centre in Castlefinn.
In Ballybofey, the local theatre suffered a double hit as water poured into its basement from floods and in through its roof from the rain.
"It's pretty bad, but it will be a couple of days before we know how bad it is. We've been pumping out water all day and hoping the electrics will work," said Balor Theatre events manager Conor Malone. "There is a concert this Saturday and it will go ahead, no matter what."
Met Éireann has issued a yellow-status warning for Wexford, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Waterford from noon until 8pm today with winds gusting up to 110kph.