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Rainfall, snow and ice cripple the country

Severe flooding has prompted major alerts in Munster, especially Cork and Kerry. Torrential rains have put Cork on a major flood alert.

In addition to the heavy rainfall, storm-force gales of up to 120kmh left passengers stranded at Cork Airport and disrupted flights.

Defence forces remain on standby, but soldiers from Collins Barracks spent the night filling 5,000 sandbags to protect Skibbereen, after a high tide and swollen waters in the river Ilen threatened to flood low-lying parts.

Fermoy is on full flood alert, with all areas in the town at risk.

In Cork city, smaller rivers feeding into the river Lee were being monitored as they overflowed with heavy rain and melting snow.

In Co Kerry, an almost record-breaking amount of rain fell yesterday, with 44mm logged at a weather station in Valentia at noon -- just 7.2mm short of the record for a 12-hour period set in November in Cork.

  • Electricity supplies have been hit by high winds, which brought down power lines, cutting off power to more than 2,500 people in various parts of the country.

In the east of the country, snow was still making it difficult for some ESB crews to access faults.

  • Driving conditions are still hazardous in many areas. Ballinteer and Leopardstown in Dublin are particularly bad.

In Wicklow, the Sally Gap and Wicklow Gap are still impassable, and the Glencullen area should be avoided.

Drivers are also being asked to stay off the road in parts of Cork, Kerry, Offaly, Roscommon and Mayo.

  • Bus services are running normally, with some services still curtailed in the Dublin area and delays in services in the east of the country.

  • Air travel is still being affected by snowy conditions in Britain, with delays and cancellations on flights from Birmingham, London, Bristol and Southampton.

  • Rail services between Dublin and Waterford and Dublin and Galway have been affected, with some alterations to timetables.

  • Water supplies are being disrupted all over the State, with some local authorities rationing because of dwindling reservoir supplies and burst pipes.