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Gardai help motorists deal with icy roads along North Strand during Rush Hour in central Dublin yesterday. Julien Behal/PA Wire
Big Freeze

Dublin Airport closed again, while gas explosion closes O’Connell St

A suspected gas explosion on O’Connell St closes the main thoroughfare, as snow continues to fall on the capital.

DUBLIN AIRPORT has been forced to close once again in order to clear snow off the main runway, as consistent snowfall around the capital city causes further transport headaches.

The airport shut at 12:45pm, as new snowfall – which has barely relented in Dublin all morning – causes further safety issues. The airport hopes to reopen at 5:30pm this evening.

An airport statement said that “passenger safety is our prime concern and our snow and ice teams are working to clear the runway as quickly as possible.

“We will update passengers as soon as we have further information. We apologise for the impact that adverse weather is having on operations.”

O’Connell St, meanwhile, is closed southbound from Middle Abbey St due to a suspected gas explosion at the Café Kylemore at the corner of North Earl Street, adding further headaches to commuters already hampered by a curtailed bus service.

Luas services from Middle Abbey Street remain in operation, however, as does the entire light rail network with the exception of the Connolly Station stop.

Dublin Bus has been forced to cancel some of its route, and curtail many more, as a result of impassible conditions in various parts of the city.

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