UPDATE: Offaly County Council gives update on road clearance operations

Attention has switched to Priority 2 and Priority 3 roads in the county

Offaly Express Reporter


Offaly Express Reporter



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Kildare County Council out on the roads in Kill this morning. PICTURE: Tony Keane

Offaly County Council has given an update on their efforts to clear the roads in the county following the heavy snowfall and severe blizzard conditions brought on Storm Emma.

All Priority 1 routes are passable this morning albeit with extreme care. There were additional snow showers overnight with road temps dropping below -2 degrees across the county. Offaly County Council crews were out overnight treating these routes.

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Prolonged snowfall between 10pm and 2am last night in the south of the county has further compounded the situation. Snow is drifting still an issue, in particular N52 at Fivealley and N62 at Sharavogue and between Kennedy’s cross and Cloghan . Crews are being redirected to these areas to assist.

Offaly County Council have commenced work on ploughing the Priority 2 and 3 routes with the assistance of hired plant from contractors such as JCBs, Bobcats, Loading Shovels, Agricultural Machinery this morning. Priority routes will consist of the Mount Lucas to Tullamore and Cloghan to Shannonbridge routes to facilitate Bord na Mona fuel deliveries to power stations.

It adds however that routes listed as passable are only passable with extreme care and are subject to change due to potential worsening weather conditions.

A request has been sent in for assistance from Defence forces for footpath clearing in our 3 main towns, Tullamore, Edenderry and Birr.

Offaly County Council is asking all members of the public to only travel if absolutely necessary.

It is also asking the public to watch out for overhead powerlines as snow and ice can cause them to hang and fall. If you are able to get out safely please, take care and check on vulnerable neighbours if you can.

Offaly County Council is also asking households and businesses to clear footpaths and areas outside their premises of snow to ensure the safety of the public.

Water has been restored to Clonbullogue and Offaly County Council is working in conjunction with Irish Water to restore water to the parts of Rhode without it. A tanker was deployed to Priority Lawnsin Rhode at 10 am.

The main contact number for emergencies is 057 93 46800 and our out of hours/emergency number is 1890 750 750.