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Dublin's Port Tunnel was forced to close ... because of a kitten

The cat was last seen heading for the airport.

THIS IS A new one on us.

It’s not unknown for swans to force the closure of the Dublin Port Tunnel – but this morning, the entire northbound bore was briefly closed because of a kitten.

“Obviously we had to make the call to close it down, because that’s an obstruction. Someone could swerve to miss it,” a spokesperson for Transport Infrastructure Ireland, which manages the tunnel, said.

A motorway services crew was sent in to try and retrieve the kitten – but as they approached, the animal made a run for it, darting out of the tunnel and up a hill.

The incident played out over a few minutes, and the tunnel was reopened before 10.43am.

The kitten, apparently, is still at large – and was last seen heading in the direction of the airport.

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