Fresh weather warning for Leinster and Ulster

Thursday 28 March 2013 11.10
A sheep shelters behind a wall of snow in Northern Ireland
A sheep shelters behind a wall of snow in Northern Ireland

Fresh weather warnings have been issued as snow and ice persist in Leinster and Ulster.

Snow and ice warnings have been issued until 10am tomorrow morning.

Snow showers with accumulations of up to 5cm are forecast for counties Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Meath and Wicklow.

Accumulations of 3cm can be expected in counties Carlow, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Monaghan, Offaly, Westmeath and Wexford.

The outlook is for the unseasonably low temperatures to continue.

AA Roadwatch says that while there has been an improvement in conditions on some roads, motorists should still take great care particularly in sheltered areas.

Meanwhile, the Government has agreed to provide Air Corps assistance to farmers and rural residents affected by the cold weather in Northern Ireland.

The move comes as helicopters continue to be used to deliver animal feed to thousands of snowbound livestock stranded as a result of the severe weather.

The Air Corps says a helicopter is on standby at Casement Aerodrome at Baldonnel.

It follows discussions between Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill and Minister for Justice Alan Shatter.

Speaking on RTÉ Morning Ireland, Irish Farmers' Association Deputy President Eddie Downey called for an urgent coordinated response to overcome unprecedented problems with fodder shortages and a lack of cash flow on farms.

Elsewhere, the Blackpool Action Group was due to meet Cork City Manager Tim Lucey following last week's flooding.

A second delegation was to travel to Dublin to meet Minister Brian Hayes, who has responsibility for the Office of Public Works, which deals with flood works.

It has been 18 months since a flood action plan for the Lee Valley area was promised.

More than a dozen homes and business premises were badly damaged by flood water after a major culvert in the village was blocked by debris washed down river following heavy rain.

It is the second time in less than nine months that the village has been flooded.

Many of the premises are without flood insurance.

User contributions and/or comments do not, unless specifically stated, represent the views of RTÉ.ie or RTÉ.
Click here for Terms of use