Storm Ophelia: The Aftermath

Elaine Stenson
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The clean-up from Ophelia begins in earnest this morning, after the country was hammered by the storm.

Three people lost their lives as a result of the ex-hurricane, which left an unprecedented number of people without power.

 

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Local authorities will be working with the ESB, transport companies and critical infrastructure in the coming days.Schools remain shut today, but universities are starting to reopen. Derek Hyland from the ESB says they’ve a job of work to do to restore power to those still without it; 

“Our priority is looking at restoring supply to vulnerable and medically affected customers and then we will move on to restoring supply in schools, water supplies and communication facilities.”

Public transport is returning to normal, with the exception of Dublin’s Luas, but Eddie Burke from the Department of Transport says some disruptions may continue;

“For Irish rail – there will be some restrictions and some cancellations – people need to check the Irish rail website before they travel… Bus Eireann likewise will be operating a full service tomorrow except for  school transport services.”

Members of the National Emergency Coordination Group will meet today when they can start to gain a sense of how much damage Ophelia has done.