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Dublin: 2 °C Monday 16 December, 2019

Weather warning lifted as the worst of Storm Christine passes

Stormy conditions which persist this morning are forecast to weaken later today.

Infra Red satellite image from 6am today.
Infra Red satellite image from 6am today.

AFTER THE WORST storms Ireland has experienced so far this winter, Met Eireann has lifted all national weather warnings.

Showers and gale force winds lingering after stormy conditions last night are to pass by this afternoon, it has been forecast.

Isolated showers will persist for the rest of the day.

A yellow weather warning was in place along south and south west coasts last night but was lifted, although the same level of Marine Weather Warning persist this morning.

The Government Task Force on Emergency Planning will reportedly meet today to discuss the clean-up operation after storms that left thousands without electricity and caused damage to coastal areas.

Fianna Fáil last week criticised the government’s response to the weather, noting that the UK’s equivalent group, COBRA, met to discuss similar weather events.

“Emergency service workers are doing a great job in very difficult circumstances but the Government’s response has been non-existent,” Spokesperson on Environment Barry Cowen said.

“In previous years the Task Force on Emergency Planning met regularly to respond to snow and freezing weather conditions.”

“However this year, despite Defence Minister Alan Shatter and Environment Minister Phil Hogan launching a ‘Be Winter-Ready’ campaign the government doesn’t seem to have taken any notice of warnings issued by Met Éireann.”

Speaking yesterday, Public Expenditure Minister Brian Hayes said he believes it is ‘inevitable’ that more flood relief funding will be released for areas that need it.

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