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Final section of Dublin to Cork motorway opens

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The final section of the new Dublin to Cork motorway will be opened later today in Co Laois – bypassing the towns of Abbeyleix, Durrow and Cullahill.

Three notorious bottlenecks on the Dublin to Limerick route will also be left behind with the opening of a section of the new M7 motorway.

However motorists will face toll charges on journeys that could be shortened by up to 45 minutes at peak times.

It has been under construction for three years – costing almost €500m to build.

The new M7-M8 motorway will open to traffic at 4pm this afternoon four months ahead of schedule and bypassing six of the country’s worst traffic bottlenecks.

The Dublin to Cork section that is now complete could save up to three quarters of an hour from journeys at peak time.

The Limerick end will not be finished until later in the year but today’s opening means the bypassing of one of the most lethal stretches of roadway in the country between Mountrath and Borris-on-Ossory where more than 30 lives have been lost.

The toll charge for cars will €1.80 – bringing in expected daily revenue of over €30,000 from today.

May 28th, 2010

Irish Motorists warned of 60km oil spill

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Motorists in Wexford and Waterford have been advised to take care because of an oil spill on the N25.

The spill stretches for over 60km from the M25 near the toll plaza in Waterford City and onto the N25 to New Ross and into Wexford town.

AA Roadwatch said that road conditions are extremely slippery, particularly at roundabouts outside New Ross and Wexford.

The local councils have been informed of the spill.

May 16th, 2010

€411m allocated for road repairs in Ireland

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The Government has rejected calls by local authorities from all over Ireland for more money to repair roads destroyed by months of bad weather.

Announcing this year’s allocation of more than €411m for the local and regional road networks, Transport Minister Noel Dempsey said that while he wanted badly damaged roads to be prioritised, there would be no extra funding for repairs.

Roads have been damaged in recent months because of snow, ice and flooding.

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February 23rd, 2010

Drivers warned of ice and snow – Feb.2010

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Drivers have been warned to take care on the roads as ice and snow are making conditions difficult with temperatures below zero on many national routes.

There is also frost and fog in some areas and motorists are advised to use their fog lights in affected areas.

Heavy snow in Co Kerry has closed the Conor Pass near Dingle, while motorists are warned to take extra care in the Ennis area of Co Clare.

Fog is adding to problems caused by black ice in Co Wexford and there have been several minor crashes in the New Ross area this morning.

There has been heavy snow in Letterkenny in Donegal and ice around Glenties is making road conditions difficult.

Met Éireann has forecast more sleet and snow for this evening and tonight over parts of Munster and Leinster.

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February 21st, 2010

Caution urged due to icy roads

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Motorists are being advised to take extra care due to frost and ice on roads around the country.

There were reports of ice, frost and snow this morning, with difficult driving conditions in parts of Leinster, Connacht and Ulster.

Temperatures dropped to -3C in some areas overnight.

Roads in Wicklow town, Cavan town and Ballinasloe in County Galway are particularly bad.

In Wicklow drivers have been told to avoid Sally Gap due to ice.

Four people have died in crashes on the country’s roads this weekend. Three people died in two separate crashes in Co Donegal. A man was killed in a single vehicle collision in Co Laois.

Elsewhere, a man died after his tractor crashed in County Down.

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February 1st, 2010

Drivers warned of freezing fog

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Heavy fog is making driving dangerous around the country this afternoon.

AA Roadwatch says there is heavy fog in the east, midlands and west of the country.

Visibility is reduced because of the fog and drivers are asked to use their fog lights in the affected areas.

The worst affected routes are the M4 near Kilcock, the M6 between Rochfortbridge and Oranmore, and the N7 around Portlaoise.

There were also icy road conditions in many parts earlier today as a result of freezing overnight temperatures.

Motorists are warned that despite some improvement, care is still needed as ice may linger.

Meanwhile, a truck carrying chemicals overturned on the N52 Kells to Ardee Road in Co Meath. There were no injuries.

There have also been a number of crashes on the Dundalk to Castleblayney road, including a three-car accident. Motorists are advised to avoid the road if at all possible.

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January 23rd, 2010

Motorists urged to take care due to flooding

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Flooding caused by heavy rain overnight is affecting some roads in the south and east of Ireland.

AA Roadwatch is advising motorists to drive with extreme care.

Parts of counties Wicklow and Wexford are the worst affected where some primary and secondary roads are impassable.

Flooding has been reported in Arklow after heavy rain fell overnight and melted snow flowed from higher ground.

Gardaí are advising that the area from Vale Road to Aughrim is completely flooded and will be closed for some time.

Anyone travelling from Dublin should take the Arklow South exit to reach Arklow town as other routes have heavy surface water.

In Enniscorthy, the quays have been closed and diversions are in place around the town. People have been asked to avoid the area completely. Gardaí have removed all cars parked on both sides of the quays because of flooding.

In Cork, surface water is affecting roads around Clonakilty and Skibbereen.

AA Roadwatch is also reporting excess surface water in counties Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Monaghan and Waterford.

January 16th, 2010