Storm in brief: Lobster losses
FISHERMEN who have lost lobster and shrimp pots due to this winter's extreme storms will be able to get €1.5m in government funding to replace them – but they'll have to provide evidence of their losses.
Agriculture and Marine Minister Simon Coveney announced a new measure to assist small-scale coastal fishermen on top of the €8.8m announced by the government on Tuesday to repair damaged harbours and piers.
OVER €11,500 in aid has been donated to flood victims who lost their homes and businesses in Limerick city. A special relief fund was set up by St Mary's Aid in the northside of the city last Thursday.
FISH FARMERS SAVED
FOUR fish farmers had to be rescued by a lifeboat after they became stranded in extreme storm weather.
The Clifden RNLI went to the rescue of the group after they became stuck at the mouth of Clifden Bay off Galway as the westerly gusts created large waves.
NEW FLOOD DEFENCE
NEW proposals for a flood defence scheme on Dublin's Clontarf promenade recommend installing a protective barrier beside the roadway. It would stop vulnerable homes being hit but would not prevent very high tides flooding the coastal walkway.
TRAIL OF DESTRUCTION
FREAK winds described as a "mini tornado" ripped through Roscommon, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.
Just outside the village of Athleague in the south of the county one local farmer was coming to terms with the loss of his shed. Sheep farmer Joe Began from Tobberkeagh said the noise was like a plane going down.
PILOT SHOWS SKILL
A PILOT was seen battling storm winds to safely land a Flybe twin-engine craft at Manchester Airport.
The craft is believed to have flown in from Ireland. Onlookers told how one of the plane's wings nearly touched the runway as it landed safely.