Thursday 22 March 2018

Army placed on standby amid fears communities could be paralysed by storm damage

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Minister Paul Kehoe
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

The Army has been placed on standby amid growing fears within government that communities could be severely impacted by Hurricane Ophelia.

A number of different parts across the country have been earmarked as specific bases for the defence forces in the event of emergencies, it has emerged.

Defence Minister Paul Kehoe told that the defence forces will offer support to civil authorities in areas hit by severe weather conditions.

Mr Kehoe said that the support from the Army will be concentrated out of Kilkenny for south eastern counties, Cork for the south and south west of the country, Limerick for the Mid West and Galway for the West.

“We are monitoring and awaiting to assist in whatever way we can in which capability allows,”the Wexford politician said.

He added that the most severe conditions are expected after midday tomorrow and into tomorrow night.

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