Ice and snow still an issue on routes across country - AA

Irish Rail: No services on Maynooth, Docklands lines due to incident at Glasnevin Jnct

Snow is falling in many counties across the country. Met Eireann have issued a status orange snow and ice warning for many parts of the country.

 

Traffic appears to be moving relatively reasonably through Dublin city on Friday evening after severe weather earlier today but there were some issues with rail services.

AA Roadwatch however reported snow and ice were still an issue on many routes across the country, asking drivers to slow down and remember that stopping distances “are 10 times longer when driving on ice and snow”.

Irish Rail said no services are running on the Maynooth or Docklands lines due to an incident at Glasnevin Junction. “There is also disruption to Longford and Sligo services as a result. Rail tickets are being accepted by Dublin Bus. ”

Iarnród Éireann tweeted that the 17:05 Connolly-Sligo would have to return to Connolly shortly “and will then depart for Sligo via Newcomen Junction”.

At 5.30pm Iarnród also reported delays running in the region of 45 - 60mins.

The rail company said the 16:35 M3 Parkway had “stopped at Glasnevin Junction causing severe disruption to Maynooth, Longford, Sligo and Grand Canal Dock to Hazelhatch”.

Gardaí issued a traffic alert this afternoon that they were still dealing with debris on the M7 at Nenagh, Co Tipperary, after a crash southbound between junctions 24 and 26 and that the road was closed, with diversions in place.

AA Roadwatch also advised drivers to use major routes where possible as they are more likely to have been gritted than secondary roads. If drivers skid on the roads, they should not break fast, but reduce acceleration and gears to stop gradually.

A status orange snow and ice warning was in place in Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo, with very cold, wintry weather scheduled until Friday night.

Forecaster with Met Éireann Jean Byrne said the cold snap would end on Saturday.