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Further Status Yellow ice warning issued for Ireland

Portavade beach in Co Sligo yesterday (Credit: Eimear Carney)
Portavade beach in Co Sligo yesterday (Credit: Eimear Carney)

Another Status Yellow ice warning has been issued for Ireland from 7pm this evening until midday tomorrow.

Met Éireann has warned that icy stretches on roads and footpaths could lead to hazardous travelling conditions.

It said wintry showers will continue with freezing rain possible in the southwest. There may also be freezing fog patches.

In Northern Ireland, the UK Met Office also has a Yellow snow and ice warning in place for the six counties.

It said wintry showers will bring further disruption from ice and snow. The alert for Northern Ireland expires at midday tomorrow.

Tented accommodation

Meanwhile, Eugene Quinn of the Jesuit Refugee Service highlighted the 88 male asylum seekers living in 11 tents at the Knockalisheen Direct Provision Centre in Meelick, Co Clare.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Mr Quinn said there are eight men in each tent in very cramped conditions.

He said that living in sub-zero temperatures was "hard and difficult" and the men were in Ireland just ten days.

Mr Quinn said external heating flows through the tents, but the tents just protect people from the elements.

"Tents don't meet our international legal obligations and basic needs and to allow people live in dignity," Mr Quinn said.

"We think we can and should do better."

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