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Dublin: 6 °C Sunday 8 December, 2019
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It’s Monday. Time to start all over again.

We’ll be here with you up until 9am bringing all the traffic, travel and weather info you need to get the week started.

Good Monday, everybody. Happy morning!

Cormac Fitzgerald here with you until 9am – bringing everything that’s going on in the world of traffic and travel to start the week off proper.

See something interesting? Have a traffic tip? Facing a down Monday morning existential crisis? Tell me about it – tweet me @cormfitz, email cormac@thejournal.ie or leave a comment below.

Don’t do this while driving.

The AA reporting a dog loose on the N25 Waterford/Cork Road – westbound at J2 Little Island. The gardaí are on the way but be sure to drive safe on approach.

The AA also have multiple reports coming in from Louth:

There are reports of debris on the M6 heading west between J18 Portlaoise and J19 M8.

Gardaí were also dealing with a crash on the Old Dublin Road (R132) in Dundalk near Louth County Hospital. Take care on approach.

Right, let’s get to Dublin traffic.

Things are looking congested inbound at North Strand already, all the way back to Fairview Park (and it’s not even 7.20).

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Sticking with inbound on the northside, things are also looking busy on the Swords Road up as far as Drumcondra Road.

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And the finish off the tri-force of busy northside spots, there’s also traffic building on the Phibsboro Road, from Doyle’s Corner back to Hart’s Corner.

The AA is also reporting that it’s slow inbound on the N4 Lucan Road.

Busy southbound on the M50 – traffic moving okay northbound so far.

It’s busy already on the North Quays from Ormond Quay to Bachelor’s Walk.

Also busy along the Grand Canal eastbound from Ranelagh Road to Leeson Street.

In a word? Busy.

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In case you were wondering, it’s also congested at Guild Street/ Seville Place (aaaaas usual).

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So, tell me this and tell me no more: how is traffic where you are? Email me cormac@thejournal.ie, tweet me @cormfitz or leave a comment below. Wait until you’re not driving, though.

Careful in Dublin, there are multiple reports of an incident on the Rock Road inbound after the junction of Mount merrion Avenue – bus lane completely blocked.

Quick look around the country:

Cork

AA Roadwatch reports that it’s busy both ways over the Christy Ring Bridge.

Busy approaching the Dunkettle Interchange.

Take care for that dog that may still be loose on the N25

Galway

AA Road watch reporting that traffic is moving well so far in Galway – light across the city centre.

Limerick

Traffic moving well in Limerick also at the moment.

Maybe people just don’t want to get out of bed yet?

More reports of that incident on the Rock Road.

The inbound lanes now completely blocked after the junction of Mount Merrion Avenue. Traffic is going into the outbound lane to pass.

AA Roadwatch have traffic very busy on the N7 Naas Road inbound from J4 Rathcoole past J2 Kingswood. Reports of an earlier breakdown there that was cleared.

Let’s take a look:

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Yep. Busy.

Looking fierce busy at spots in dublin now.

Along the Grand Canal at Harold’s Cross Bridge.

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Inbound at the N11/Trees Road inbound

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Looking busy now on the M50 also at the Red Cow:

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It looks like the Rock Road incident has seriously affected traffic.

Live Drive report that it’s back to Temple Hill now.

Here’s the view from Mount Merrion Avenue.

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Whether you care, whether you don’t – it doesn’t matter.

You’re going to hear anyway that Conor McGregor is reportedly back in the running for UFC 200.

This long-running saga has had many dips and dives – is this the end of it? Probably not…

Okay, looks like that incident has been cleared from the Rock Road. Traffic still busy though.

MORE DOGS ON THE LOOSE.

The AA are saying that there are dogs loose on the N76 Kilkenny/ Callan Road at Ballymack Cross. Be sure to take care in the area.

Talk about doing the dog on it…

There are dogs on the loose, multiple crashes and heavy traffic all across dublin. Wouldn’t you know it’s a Monday?

Latest from AA Roadwatch:

  • Busy inbound on Con Colbert Road.
  • Busy inbound on the N4 Lucan Road.
  • Busy all across the city centre.
  • Busy along the Grand Canal.

Also still busy at Drumcondra Road back towards the Swords Road:

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Busy at North Strand back through Fairview and towards Clontarf:

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Also busy still on the Phibsboro Road.

Right, it’s been busy. Is it busy where you are?

Email me cormac@thejournal.ie, tweet @cormfitz or comment below.

My shiny admiration for anyone who sends in a good picture to brighten up this dull Monday.

So, what are the main stories today?

We’ve got Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil due to meet again today in a bid to break the current deadlock.

Over €1.2 million was spent deploying gardaí at Shannon Airportlast year, while a further €180,000 was spent on the Defence Forces.

Talks between Luas drivers and management will resume today to try to resolve their long-running pay dispute with the next strike planned for Thursday.

Galway and Cork have made the most claims for humanitarian assistance funding following flood damage.

Everything else you need to know is over at the 8 at 8.

AA Roadwatch reporting a crash in Cork.

Westbound on the N25 Waterford/ Cork Road before Castlemartyr causing some delays.

Motorists advised to take care on approach.

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Traffic still very heavy in Dublin.

It’s congested all along the North Quays.

Also busy along the Grand Canal.

Busy on Amiens Street as well – inbound.

Looking at Galway and Limerick courtesy of the AA.

Galway

It’s busy inbound on the N17 Tuam Road from Two Mile Ditch to Bóthar na dTreabh junction.

Limerick

Delays inbound on the Corbally Road from Shannon Banks.

It’s busy on Athlunkard Street also.

Traffic also picking up on the Dock Road and it’s getting busy on O’Connell Avenue from the Childers Road junction.

AA Roadwatch reporting that the debris on the M7 Dublin/ Limerick Road southbound between J18 Portlaoise West and J19 M8 has been cleared.

Still busy at places on the M50 – but things have calmed down a bit as we head towards that 9am time.

Traffic still slow northbound at Tallaght:

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Still looking busy at the Red Cow also:

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Almost time to say goodbye for another day.

Before I do – here’s a final round up of the traffic in Dublin (courtesy of AA Roadwatch)

So it’s still busy on the Rock Road inbound after that earlier crash.

Slow in Dublin city centre from Dean Street onto Kevin Street and through to Cuffe Street.

Traffic is also slow on James’ Street on to Thomas Street and through to Christchurch.

Still busy inbound from Fairview through North Strand.

Still busy on Drumcondra Road and Phibsboro Road as well.

Also still busy on the North Quays.

So, yeah, traffic is still fairly busy across the city.

Well that’s all, folks.

Time for me to depart until tomorrow.

I’ll be back bright and early Tuesday morning with traffic, travel and news to get your day started.

Until then, in the spirit of the day and the canines that were causing havoc on the roads, I’ll leave you with this:

Source: Karan Thakur/YouTube

So long!

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Cormac Fitzgerald

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