Heavy rain and high winds combined with a crash on the M50 in Dublin cause chaos for commuters.

Traffic delays are being experienced by many commuters across the country following high winds and heavy rain. In Dublin, traffic on the M50 is backed up following a crash at the Lucan exit. Delays of over three hours develop with the incident causing 10-mile tailbacks as far as Ballymun and Dunshaughlin.

This is the second huge tailback on Irish roads in two weeks. The first saw motorists on the N11 in Wicklow stuck in their cars for almost eight hours while emergency crews attempted to repair a burst water main.

By lunchtime traffic on the M50 is moving again, but with the normal evening build up piling onto the routes out of Dublin,

The city and its outskirts are experiencing what could be regarded as its third rush hour of the day.

In Limerick, Lower Mallow Street is closed to traffic due to a crane located at a city building site freely revolving 360 degrees in the high winds. As a result motorists trying to leave the city experience severe delays. Lower Mallow Street is expected to remain closed until the weather improves.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 7 December 2006. The reporter is Conor Mark Kavanagh.