'I'm worried for my daughter coming home later' - Independent.ie readers name heroes at work during Hurricane Ophelia
Hurricane Ophelia - the most extreme weather event in Ireland since 1961 - is hitting Ireland.
While schools, universities, creches and many businesses took the necessary step of closing today, there are also hundreds of thousands of people across the country who are working as normal. Some are working outdoors, in high winds and heavy rain.
Emergency services, ESB networks crews, hospital staff and county council outdoor staff are on standby. Farmers are outdoors tending to their animals. Volunteers are helping the homeless. Neighbours are calling in on elderly or vulnerable people living near by.
Do you know someone who you consider a hero? Someone who is out working to help others today. Someone who may not consider themselves a hero, but who is nevertheless out working to help others in this unprecedented weather situtation.
Let us know.
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My husband is working today, hes a firefighter / paramedic with Dublin fire brigade, so its business as usual 24/7 whatever the weather. My own colleagues too, social care workers can't not look after their vulnerable clients. Stay safe one and all x
Well done to all the porters in Beaumont hospital who braved the elements to make it in to work, Phil Coroner John Andrews
Margaret Nevin my poor mother out doin housecalls to the sick and elderly who have no one to care for them, some live more than 9miles from her. Praying she is safe
All those working in nursing homes. Care homes, hospitals hospices . Our emergency services. Those that are actually working in hotels serving residents. Anyone caring for the homeless and of course any if those working to get power back.. especially my Carol O Brien Jason O Brian Audrey Kavanagh
My daughter is a nurse and working at university hospital Waterford and doesn’t finish until 8.30 tonight. More then likely will have to stay in a hotel as it’s a 40 minute drive home and a lot of roads closed
Lab staff in Mayo university hospital Catherine Morris and all other labs in our hospitals!
My husband Nuno Silva Dias social care assistant who also went to work today.
My daughter is a nurse in st Vincent's hospital and doesn't finish until 8 tonite. Worried and concerned for her coming home later.
Husband works for ESB. Praying they all come home safe
My daughter. Community home care calling out today