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Rush hour: Heavy rain, fallen trees and a bus strike make for miserable commute

Three weather warnings, and the tail end of a bus strike…

Updated at 5.10pm 

A BAND OF wet and windy weather, combined with a bus strike in Dublin, is making conditions pretty miserable this rush hour.

There are reports of fallen trees in a number of counties and three yellow alert weather warnings have been issued.

Here are the main points:

  • The wet and windy weather is forecast to clear later
  • Wind warnings have been issued for Donegal, Clare and Kerry 
  • Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo have also been issued with a wind warning
  • In Dublin, it’s the second day of a Dublin Bus strike
  • There are reports of fallen trees in Cork and Wicklow 
  • There are extremely long delays on the N4 due to roadworks in Ballinalack

Here’s the latest on those trees down, from AA Roadwatch:

This just in too, from the folks at UCD:

Bus strike 

Heavy traffic is being reported on routes across Dublin, as the strike by Dublin Bus drivers enters its second day (further 48-hour stoppages are planned for later this month).

Here’s the information you need, heading into the weekend:

  • No services operating tonight – including Airlink, sightseeing tours, Ghostbus and Nitelink
  • Saturday services will run as normal 
  • Nitelink will operate on Saturday night/Sunday morning

Irish Rail isn’t reporting any problems this evening – but tweeting this morning to (amongst other things) remind passengers that their Dublin Bus tickets weren’t valid for trains.

Weather 

The yellow alert weather warning for Donegal lasts until 9pm tonight, with the warnings for western counties and Kerry set to end at 6pm.

Met Éireann says clearer weather will continue to extend eastwards later, and that most parts of the country will be dry by early tonight (click here for our full weather report).

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And finally… 

The Luas security guards in Dublin city centre are playing a blinder this evening, apparently.

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