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Dublin: 6°C Sunday 23 January 2022


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GOOD MORNING AND welcome to Thursday’s commuting liveblog.

It’s Órla Ryan here.

I’ll be with you until 9am with all the latest traffic, travel and weather info to get you safely to where you need to go.

There’s a breakdown on the M50 southbound on the off ramp at J2 Coolock blocking the left lane. AA Roadwatch has advised motorists to take care on approach. Other than that, there are no major delays in either direction.

Elsewhere in Dublin, the AA is reporting it’s slow on the Lucan Road inbound from the M50 interchange to Palmerstown.

There are reports of a multi-vehicle collision on the Chaeplizod bypass onto the Con Colbert Road, which is busy turning right for Kilmainham.

It’s also busy but moving inbound on the Swords Road from Collins Avenue to Drumcondra.

There are delays southbound on Guild Street to the Samuel Beckett Bridge.

Traffic is moving well in Dublin city centre.

As you’ve probably noticed if you’re out and about, it is VERY cold.

It’s -1 degrees Celsius in Chapelizod, Dublin.

-1 Source: orla

AA Roadwatch has confirmed there are two separate crashes on the M50 southbound, before J5 Finglas blocking the right lane with delays from J4 Ballymun.

Live Drive says the collisions are 100 metres apart.

In traffic news outside Dublin, AA Roadwatch notes there’ll be a stop/go system in place on the Kilmacrennan Road in Letterkenny, Donegal by Errigal College between 8am and 6pm. Delays are expected.

Meanwhile, there’ll be temporary traffic lights in place for works on the N52 Kells/Ardee Road east of Kells at Carlanstown from 9am to 5pm.

It’s cold and frosty in many parts of the country.

AA Roadwatch has said particular care is needed on the N15 Donegal/Ballybofey Road at Barnesmore Gap. Road users are advised to slow down and increase their braking distance.

If you’re driving, you should also allow extra time to de-ice your car.

Here’s how traffic is looking in various cities, according to AA Roadwatch:

GALWAY: Traffic is busy inbound on the N17 Tuam Road from Loughgeorge to Claregalway. There are delays on Ballybrit Cresent at the Galway Technology Park.

Works are taking place on Bothar na dTreabh until 31 May. Rolling lane closures will be in place and delays can be expected.

Works are ongoing on Coolough Road until 31st July. Rolling lane closures and temporary traffic lights will be in place. Expect delays.

CORK: There are no major delays to report for Cork city centre at the moment.

Traffic remains down to one lane at Kent Station on the Lower Glanmire Road following an incident earlier this week.

Works are taking place on Mulgrave Road until tomorrow. The road is closed to inbound traffic and diversions are in place.

Eason’s Hill, Cathedral Avenue, Chapel Street and John Philpott-Curran Street are closed for works until 18 March.

LIMERICK: Traffic is moving well around Limerick city at the moment.

Works will take place on the Ballinacurra Road (R526) until 16 March from 8am until 6pm each day.

A stop/go system will be in place on the Rossbrien Road until tomorrow between 10am and 4pm daily.

WATERFORD: There are no major delays around Waterford city at present.

Live Drive is reporting that another crash has happened this morning.

This time on the N7 Dublin/Limerick road inbound at J5 Steelstown.

Good news if you’re on the M50 Southbound.

AA Roadwatch has confirmed that two collisions before J5 Finglas have been cleared from the right lane.

There have been a number of crashes this morning so be sure to take care out there and increase your braking distance.

AA Roadwatch says collision on the Naas Road inbound before the Kylemore Road junction in Dublin has been moved to the bus lane. Gardaí are at the scene.

Meanwhile, Live Drive is advising motorists to avoid the Chapleizod bypass if possible.

How is traffic where you are? Let us know by tweeting @thejournal_ie or emailing tips@thejournal.ie (but only if it’s safe to do so).

If you’re travelling by train in Limerick or Clare, the Western Corridor line remains closed between Ennis and Limerick due to flooding at Ballycar. Bus transfers will be in operation until at least April, with a restricted service into and out of Sixmilebridge.

AA Roadwatch is reporting delays due to a breakdown northbound on the N7 Limerick/Dublin Road before J6 Castlewarden in the left lane. Take care in the area.

You may have noticed there is a general election taking place tomorrow.

As candidates face into one last day of campaigning, we’ll be liveblogging everything you need to know.

Meanwhile, voting has begun on 12 islands off the coasts of Donegal, Mayo and Galway.

ireland-lisbon-treaty Electoral officer Hugh O' Donnell, left, and Garda Brendan McCann deliver the Lisbon referendum ballot box on Inishfree Island in 2009. Source: Associated Press

The electorate includes 516 people on Arranmore, 25 on Gola, 63 on Inishbofin (Donegal), four on Inishfree, 144 on Tory Island, 121 on Clare Island, 29 on Inishbiggle, 50 on Inishturk, 654 on Inishmore, 151 on Inishmaan, 200 on Inisheer and 176 on Inishbofin (Galway).

There’s a collision on the New Cabra Road in Dublin at the Cabra Cross junction inbound blocking the road. AA Roadwatch is advising motorists to take extra care in the area.

Moving west, AA Roadwatch says traffic lights are out of action west of Quincentenary Bridge in Galway at the Newcastle Road junction. Care is needed.

AA Roadwatch is reporting that traffic lights are back in action on the Stillorgan Road in Dublin at the Trees Road junction.

An earlier multi-vehicle collision on the Chapelizod bypass in Dublin, before Kilmainham, has been moved to the side of the road, according to AA Roadwatch.

We’re finishing the liveblog for now. Thanks for staying with us this morning.

We’ll be back at 7am tomorrow.

Give yourself extra braking time today, and stay safe out there.

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Órla Ryan