Video: Truckers in Dublin for fuel protest; ‘Polar air’ set to hit Ireland on Friday

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Traffic disruption in Dublin as truckers protest

Motorists faced significant delays this morning as the Irish Truckers and Haulage Association Against Fuel Prices protest over rising petrol costs.

Motorists experienced disruption on all major motorways out of Dublin as protesters made their way to the city centre to gather outside Leinster House.


Gardaí also reported significant delays on the M50 motorway.

As road closures are currently in place on Kildare Street, the protest organisers encouraged drivers to park as close to Leinster House as possible and convene on foot outside the Dáil.

Healthcare under very serious pressure

The Irish health system remains under “very serious pressure”, the head of the HSE has warned an Oireachtas committee.

Paul Reid appeared before the Joint Committee on Health today to discuss the plans to support the health service through the winter.


“We are now firmly in the midst of a fourth surge in Covid-19 infections. The entire health system, both acute hospitals and community, are now under very serious pressure,” he said.

Earlier, Mr Reid tweeted that 5,800 staff are out due to a Covid-related absence.

Winter weather

Snow is likely to fall across northern areas of Ireland this week with temperatures set to drop overnight.

Met Éireann said strong winds and “cool polar air” will sink down over the island, with the strongest winds especially affecting areas in the far north.


The mercury could dip as low as freezing in most areas of the country overnight on Friday, while remaining around 6 degrees Celsius during the day on Saturday.

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