Schools, colleges forced to close
THE worsening weather wreaked more havoc on the education system yesterday as primary and secondary schools and a number of third-level colleges were forced to close.
UCD, DCU and Dublin Institute of Technology all shut down yesterday and are not expected to re-open until at least lunchtime today.
Homeowners not liable for falls
HOMEOWNERS who clear snow from footpaths will not be sued if somebody trips and receives an injury, Taoiseach Brian Cowen insisted last night.
Mr Cowen said advice from the Attorney General had confirmed that people would not be liable if the pavement was cleared properly.
'No shortage' of Christmas trees
THERE will be no shortage of Christmas trees this year despite the bad weather, which is causing chaos with harvesting.
The Irish Christmas Tree Growers said that up to 400,000 trees would be sold this year, and another 300,000 exported. "Most of the harvesting has been done but the snow is playing a bit of havoc," chairman Dermot Page said.
Avoid outdoor work, farmers told
FARMERS have been urged to avoid doing outside work until the weather improves.
The Health and Safety Authority said all workers should be cautious and not take unnecessary risks during the freezing weather. "Where essential work is to be undertaken, let someone know where you are," it said.
Traffic station to provide updates
A DEDICATED traffic radio station will have extended broadcasts every morning and evening because of the appalling weather conditions.
'LiveDrive' on 103.2 Dublin City FM will broadcast from 7am to 11am and from 3pm to 9pm, depending on conditions.