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Dublin: 7 °C Sunday 8 December, 2019


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GOOD MORNING AND welcome to Friday’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.

Met Éireann has issued a status yellow snow-ice warning for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal. It’ll remain in place until 10am.

snow Dublin 8 Source: Órla Ryan/Twitter

There are sleet and snow showers in many parts of the country this morning, and between one and 3cm are expected in some areas, especially on higher ground.

AA Roadwatch has this to say about weather conditions this morning: There is frost and ice in Letterkenny, Sligo town, Castlebar, Roscommon town and Longford town. It’s also quite frosty in Portlaoise and Waterford city.

Intermittent snow showers are affecting visibility in Drogheda, Navan, Naas, Celbridge, Leixlip and Cavan town.

Motorists should slow down and leave more time to reach their destination. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to de-ice your car.

IMG_20160304_065055 Source: Órla Ryan/

A number of crashes have been reported in Meath this morning. AA Roadwatch has more information here.

Moving to Dublin, Live Drive is reporting that a vehicle on fire on the N7 inbound has been moved to the hard shoulder.

Meanwhile, diversions are in place at Trinity College due to a broken down bus.

How are road conditions where you are? Tweet us @thejournal_ie or email – but only when it’s safe to do so.

Eleanor Power has been in touch to advise people in Carlow to drive with care as snow is falling in the town.

Live Drive and Dublin City Council’s Traffic Management Centre have this advice for motorists:

Here’s the latest traffic news from AA Roadwatch:

MEATH: Snow is settling on parts of the M1 Dublin/Belfast Road and there are delays both ways approaching the toll plaza between J7 Julianstown and J8 Duleek.

KILDARE: It’s slow northbound on the M7/N7 Limerick/Dublin Road from J9 Naas North to J7 Kill.

TIPPERARY: A stop/go system is in place for the final day on Ormonde Street in Nenagh between 8am and 7pm. Expect delays.

LIMERICK CITY: Emergency services are treating a fuel spill southbound on the M20 Limerick/Cork Road near the Raheen Industrial Estate exit following an earlier crash which has been cleared.

In Dublin, there are reports of a truck blocking Crumlin Road inbound.

Meanwhile, AA Roadwatch says an earlier collision at the junction of Mountview Road and Blanchardstown Road has been cleared.

AA has this information about other areas in Dublin:

  • It’s busy inbound on the N4 Lucan Road from the M50 Interchange to Palmerstown. Further along it’s slow on St John’s Road West inbound approaching Heuston Station.
  • Traffic is busy along the North Quays.
  • It’s also slow inbound on the Swords Road from Whitehall Church to Drumcondra, and on Phibsborough Road from Hart’s Corner to Doyle’s Corner.  
  • On the M50 southbound, traffic is busy from J9 Red Cow to past J10 Ballymount. Northbound traffic is moving well.

In terms of public transport, Irish Rail and Dublin Bus have issued these updates:

The poor weather is really affecting road conditions this morning, with more reports of accidents:

A number of crashes have taken place in Meath this morning, with Kathryn Delany getting in touch to say there is a lot of snow in Dunshaughlin.

Live Drive says traffic on the N3 is backed up to Dunboyne in Meath.

They are also reporting delays on a number of other roads.

Here’s a selection of the snow photos you’ve sent in this morning. Keep ‘em coming!

Olivia sent us this shot of Finglas in Dublin:

ol Source: orla

Here’s the scene on the old N3 in Meath, courtesy of Lisa:


Meanwhile, Liam sent us this image from Maynooth, Co Kildare:


You can tweet your snow photos to @thejournal_ie or email – but only if it’s safe to do so.

Nassau Street in Dublin city centre has re-opened after a bus broke down earlier.

Martin Carberry sent us this image from the scene shortly before the bus was cleared.

bus Source: Martin Carberry

Be sure to take care out there this morning and increase your braking speed.

More crashes and vehicles going off the road continue to be reported:

AA Roadwatch has more information on driving conditions here.

Dublin Airport has said the snow is causing some delays to flights, and has advised people to check in with their airlines.

Irish Rail has said the lifts to platforms six and seven are currently not working.

AA Roadwatch has said an earlier collision on the Clonshaugh Road roundabout in Dublin, and another collision about 3km north of Baltinglass in Wicklow have been cleared.

Live Drive is reporting more delays on the N7:

Meanwhile, AA Roadwatch says a number of earlier crashes in Meath have been cleared.

AA Roadwatch says an earlier crash and breakdown in Cork have been cleared.

In the repeated story of the morning, there are further reports of crashes and breakdowns:

We’re going to wrap up the liveblog now, but we’ll be back on Monday at 7am. Give yourself extra time if you’re making a journey today, and increase your braking distance.

Stay safe out there!

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Órla Ryan