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Big Freeze

Extended cold weather means salt in short supply - Department

NOT ONLY WILL the current cold snap continue for the coming days, but it has now emerged that despite the warnings from the January snowstorms, Ireland is running out of salt. Officials from the Department of the Environment said this lunchtime that the volume of salt being used to treat roads in the current conditions was twice the anticipated amount, and that remaining supplies would have to be preserved. Brian Cowen earlier told the Dáil, however, that stocks remained sufficient.