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Sunday 15 September 2019

Leo Varadkar: 'The Beast from the East is coming our way, pay attention to warnings'

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has urged people to pay close attention to weather warnings warning: “the ‘Beast from the East’ is coming our way”.

Heavy snowfall is expected that temperatures are set to plummet to -10 as cold weather sweeps in from the Siberia over the coming days.

Mr Varadkar said the government will be basing any advice issued to the public on forecasts from Met Éireann and it will involve warning people against making unnecessary journeys in the icy conditions.

He said: “We’re expecting very severe cold weather to affect Ireland in the coming days,” adding: “The ‘Beast from the East’ is coming our way.”

Mr Varadkar continued: “As things stand the weather warning has not yet issued but I’d ask people to pay close attention to any weather warnings and advice that is issued in the coming days.

“Where advice is issued in relation to workplaces and travel, that will be clear.

“We’ll either be asking people to stay at home and not make unnecessary journeys or if they’re in work already to stay in work and not make unnecessary journeys.”

Mr Varadkar made the remarks when asked if the government will be advising private companies to tell their staff not to come to work during the severe weather.

He said that any advice will be issued by the government’s emergency planning taskforce based on Met Éireann’s forecasts.

Mr Varadkar added: “The Met office bases its forecasts on scientific data and they give them to us as early as they can.”

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