Friday 18 October 2019

Full list of businesses and public services closed today amid Hurricane Ophelia public safety concerns

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Sasha Brady and Ralph Riegel

A number of businesses and public services will be closed on Monday as Met Éireann issues a status red warning for the entire country with Hurricane Ophelia set to hit Ireland this morning.

The severe weather warning will run from 6am to 11.59pm on Monday as the worst storm in more than half a century makes landfall in Ireland today.

Ophelia has now been classed as a post tropical cyclone but it's still expected to bring hurricane force winds across the country.

A number of public services and businesses nationwide have announced that they will be closed today due to safety concerns.

Dunnes Stores has advised its customers that its shops will be closed on Monday.

The Irish retailer announced last night that it would be closing all of its stores across the Republic and Northern Ireland on Monday as a precaution against Storm Ophelia.

Meanwhile, Tesco said that its stores would be operating as usual "unless local conditions permit otherwise". Customers and staff were advised to check with their local store before travelling.

Greyhound Household has cancelled all of today's collections and they have been re-scheduled for Saturday.

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service has cancelled all blood and platelet collection clinics today.

They've asked if people can support them tomorrow as stocks will be low following the missed day.

Dublin department store Arnotts has confirmed to it will be closed today in the wake of Hurricane Ophelia.

"Due to concerns over Hurricane Ophelia, Arnotts has decided to prioritise the safety of its team members and customers. Therefore the store will remain closed today. Arnotts will reopen as normal tomorrow, the 17th of October at 9:30am," a spokesperson said this morning.

Penneys, Easons, Brown Thomas and Harvey Norman will also be closed today.

Peter Mark has announced that all of their branches will be closed today.

A spokeswoman for the chain said: "In the interests of the safety of our customers and our team, all 71 Peter Mark salons across the island of Ireland will be closed today.

"All salons will re-open tomorrow and appointments can be re-arranged by phone or in salon tomorrow. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

"Contact details for your local salon can be found at"

A spokesperson for Ulster Bank has confirmed that its branches in the Republic of Ireland will stay closed today. Branches of the bank in Northern Ireland will close at 1pm today. Meanwhile Bank of Ireland has said that its “non-critical” staff can work from home today.

AIB has closed a number of its branches today.

Permanent TSB has said that all of their branches and the Group head office will remain closed today.

They said in a statement: "The bank apologies for any inconvenience this may cause but the decision has been taken to ensure the safety and well-being of all staff and customers."

The Department of Education confirmed on Sunday that all schools and colleges across the country would remain closed.

Creches will also shut their doors today.

All HSE outpatient appointments have been cancelled and some social welfare appointments have also been cancelled.

The Irish Pharmacy Union advised that many pharmacies will be closed today, customers and patients have been advised to call ahead before visiting their local pharmacy.

Bus Éireann has cancelled all its services between 5am and 2pm on Monday.

An Post has cancelled all its post services, while Dublin City Council said all its parks, libraries and swimming pools will be closed.

All Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High, Special, Circuit and District Courts sittings in the country have been postponed.

All driving tests, theory tests and driver licencing centres are closed today.

Dundrum Town Centre will remain open today but they will continue to "monitor the situation".

A spokesperson said: "For the moment, it is business as usual but we will continue to monitor the situation. The safety of staff and customers is paramount so we won't compromise on that. If any of our tenants decide to close or close early today we will obviously respect that decision."

Penneys has confirmed it will be closing all Irish stores. "We are closing all of our stores in the Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland and our head office today, 16th October, due to Storm Ophelia. The safety of our people and our customers is our top priority. We will re-open tomorrow, 17th October," the brand said in a statement this morning.

Harvey Norman has said all of their stores, warehouses and offices are closed today.

IKEA has said that "in the interest of safety" their Ballymun branch and Carrickmines Collection Point are closed.

They said: "Due to Storm Ophelia, the IKEA Dublin store in Ballymun and the IKEA Order and Collection Point in Carrickmines will be closed today, Monday 16 October, in the interest of safety for both our co-workers and customers.

"We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause our valued customers.
"Further updates on the situation will be communicated on our website and through our social channels."

A large number of businesses in Galway have closed or announced they will be shutting as a result of the storm.

Goodman Medical Ireland closed at 10.30am and has cancelled its evening shift.

Valeo in Tuam closed and workers at Boston Scientific are also being sent home. 

‪Medtronic announced it would close at 10am and its evening shift will be delayed.

‪Debenhams, Marks and Spencer and Brown Thomas stores in Galway have all closed, joining Penneys and Dunnes which have nationwide closures in place.

A significant number of cafes, restuarants and businesses in Salthill will also remain closed.

A number of major attractions across Munster confirmed they will remain closed throughout today in light of public safety fears over Hurricane Ophelia.

Fota Wildlife Park in Cork will remain closed until Tuesday.

It is also expected that the Cliffs of Moher in Clare will remain closed due to the dangers posed by high winds.

All tourist centres will close amid public safety fears.

Local authorities across Munster have also cancelled all outdoor events including large item refuse collections.

Irish Water Safety and the Irish Coastguard have urged people to avoid exposed coastal areas during the height of the storm - and not to approach cliffs or piers to take photographs of giant waves due to the risks involved.

Motorists have also been urged to only undertake essential journeys and to avoid routes along exposed coastal or mountain areas due to the risk posed by severe wind gusts.

The Cork City Crisis Management Team met yesterday evening to discuss the primary threat facing Ireland's second city.

"Emergency crews are on standby," a spokesperson said.

"Cork City Hall is advising citizens to remain vigilant and to keep themselves updated  in regard to the evolving weather situation."

"At present, data suggests that Morrison's Island and South Terrace are the areas of the city most likely to be effected by any flooding tomorrow (Monday) afternoon."

The council stressed that regular weather updates will be offered over the next 48 hours by email, their social media pages and by local radio.

Ferries and cable car operations in Cork, Kerry and Limerick are also set to be hit by Hurricane Ophelia.

Ibec has urged all businesses to “minimise the movement of their employees” on Monday.

An Garda Síochána has advised members of the public against all non-essential journeys.

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