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Demand for salt sparks battle with UK

IRELAND is set for a desperate scramble with Britain for available road salt supplies as the Arctic cold snap continues.

The warning came as emergency supplies of road salt arrived in Irish ports yesterday to replenish stocks which had run dangerously low because of the severe two-week freeze.

Retailers are reporting a surge in sales of table salt and dishwasher salt from householders hoping to keep their paths clear.

The first of the shipments arrived in Cork as 4,000 tonnes of road salt was unloaded at Ringaskiddy.

The 'Arklow Resolve' freighter brought the salt from Spain -- which has also been inundated with orders from Britain where the worst winter in almost 40 years is being recorded -- and further supplies are scheduled to arrive in Irish ports including Limerick and Dublin over the next 72 hours.

Irish Independent