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Poll: Should Irish airspace stay open if the ash cloud arrives?

Do you think last year’s lockdown in the skies was an overreaction? Or would you prefer to see airspace close again if the ash cloud returns?

In this photo taken on Saturday, May 21, 2011, smoke plumes from the Grimsvotn volcano
In this photo taken on Saturday, May 21, 2011, smoke plumes from the Grimsvotn volcano
Image: Jon Gustafsson/AP/Press Association Images

MET ÉIREANN is warning that the ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano that erupted over the weekend is heading in Ireland’s direction and could reach here tomorrow.

The Irish Aviation Authority said there was a “possibility of disruption” to air travel tomorrow, but that so far there was “nothing untoward”.

However, Ryanair’s deputy CEO Michael Cawley this morning insisted there would be no disruption to flights this time, and described last year’s volcanic ash crisis as an overreaction.

What do you think? Do you think last year’s closure was an overreaction? Or would you prefer to see Irish airspace close again if the ash cloud arrives back?

In today’s poll, we’re asking: should Irish airspace stay open if the ash cloud arrives?


Poll Results:

Yes: if there's any risk it should close (425)
Don't know: will trust the experts (273)
No: last year's closure was an overreaction (169)



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