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Six years of freak weather events

IRELAND has experienced a 'once-in-50-year' weather experience every year for the past six, according to Bord na Mona records.

The chief executive of Bord na Mona, Gabriel D'Arcy, has urged the State to concentrate more on renewable energies, following the storms that have lashed the country from the start of the year.

Mr D'Arcy warned that the country was "living through the consequences of climate change", pointing to the recent flooding, last year's hot summer, the wet summer of 2012, and the torrential downpours and freezing winters of recent years.

"Bord na Mona has some of the most detailed weather records in the country for every year going back to the 1930s. I have been in Bord na Mona for the past six years and there has been a one-in-50-year weather event every year since then," he said.

Mr D'Arcy will take part in an 'energy night' debate at NUI Galway tomorrow, which will look at the impact, conflicts and opportunities that arise in local communities through the erection of large-scale energy projects.

For more information visit nuigenergynight.com or email energy@socs.nuigalway.ie.


STORM-weary commuters face further disruption after Iarnrod Eireann confirmed the closure of one rail line for six weeks because of flood damage.

The main Limerick-Ennis rail line will remain closed until March due to flooding at Ballycar.

"The railway line between Limerick and Ennis will remain closed for approximately six weeks, and potentially longer, due to flooding on the line at Ballycar," a spokesperson confirmed.

"Bus transfers will operate between Limerick and Ennis. These will also serve Sixmilebridge for the duration of the closure.

"Buses will depart all stations at the scheduled train time. Train services continue to operate as normal between Ennis and Galway."

The track has now flooded 14 times since 1930 because of water being diverted into Ballycar Lough. Before 1930, the line never flooded.

In a presentation to Clare Co Council in 2012 it was estimated that a permanent solution to the flooding problem would cost €5m.

Irish Independent