Black Friday bargain bonanza causes traffic chaos
The bargain bonanza of Black Friday is causing traffic chaos on the country's roads this afternoon.
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.
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— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) November 27, 2015
Gardai say all approach roads to Dundrum are heavy incldg. Sandyford Rd where delays start from Blackthorn Drive https://t.co/r19oH1u8F2— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) November 27, 2015
DUBLIN Very heavy on the Fonthill Rd travelling out of Liffey Valley SC towards the N4 Lucan Rd https://t.co/r19oH1u8F2— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) November 27, 2015
Road conditions very wet on M50 in both directions.Slow down,take extra care whilst driving & increase your braking distance #theaa— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) November 27, 2015