SDCC crews mobilised as alert to stay indoors lifted

By Mary Dennehy

ALL of South Dublin County Council’s gritting crews are mobilising, with two already in action earlier this morning when crews assisted an ambulance with the transport of an organ from Tallaght Hospital to the Mater.

The National Emergency Co-ordination Group has this morning withdrawn the public safety advice to stay indoors after the passing of blizzard conditions.

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Council crews gearing up for a day of gritting and clearing roads. Pic courtesy of SDCC. 

However, according to South Dublin County Council, a red level warning is still in place for snow, with strong easterly winds for Leinster.

A statement on the council's Facebook advised: “Conditions are and will remain very difficult and the public are advised to continue to exercise high levels of caution for their own safety in the extreme cold, accumulated snow and icy conditions underfoot.

“There are variations in storm impact across the country and people need to take account of circumstances locally before deciding to venture outdoors or undertake journeys.

“In particular, it will take some time to get roads open again and people should listen for local updates on road conditions.”

In an update to The Echo this morning, the council said that the priority earlier was to assist with emergency services.

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Emergecy services are out on roads: An ambulance making its way onto the M50 earlier

Crews cleared the entrance to Tallaght Garda Station, Tallaght Fire Station on the Belgard Road and assisted in the transport of an organ from Tallaght Hospital to the Mater. 

With emergency services assisted as a priority this morning, gritters and plows are now targeting major routes across the county.

Keep an eye on South Dublin County Council's social media channels and here at The Echo for any further updates.

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