Galway Bay fm newsroom – The west coast is expected to bear the brunt of Storm Fionn, which is making landfall this evening.
A status orange alert for wind is in place for Galway, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork and Kerry until 3am tomorrow.
The storm is expected to bring very strong winds to coastal counties with gusts of up to 120 km/hr and a risk of flooding.
Meanwhile, a nationwide yellow alert has been issued for snow and ice, and another for high seas along the Atlantic coast.
The City Council says it’s monitoring the situation, but the tide is not expected to surpass the critical level of 5.6 metres.
As a precaution, Seapoint Promenade is closed from Grattan Road to the D’Arcy roundabout.
The County Council is warning motorists and pedestrians to avoid coastal routes until the storm has passed due to the risk of high waves, overtopping and storm force winds.
Hail and sleet is already leading to dangerous driving conditions in some inland areas this evening.
Temperatures are expected to drop to minus 1 tonight which could lead to treacherous road conditions.
Pat Clarke, forecaster with MET Eireann, says the weather pattern is currently very disturbed.
Emergency services attend multi-car crash on M6
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Emergency services are attending the scene of a multi-car collision on the M6.
The incident involving three cars took place on the M6 westbound, between the Rathmorrisey and Oranmore exits.
Long tailbacks are reported with traffic reduced to one lane.
Gardaí are at the scene and say nobody has been seriously injured in the collision.
Motorists are advised to expect some delays.
Homes in the West of Ireland at increased risk from radon
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Large parts of the country – and in particular homes in the West – have been found to be at increased risk from radon.
New radon maps, launched by the Environmental Protection Agency, show an increased risk from radon in Ireland, with 170,000 homes now predicted to be at risk of radon exposure above the national reference level.
This is an increase of 45,000 homes, from the previous estimate in 2002.
The gas is naturally occurring, particularly in rock in western counties, and is linked to 350 new lung cancer cases in Ireland each year.
Senior scientist with the EPA, David Fenton, says it’s a significant public health risk and people need to act.
Mairead Farrell says Government “tone deaf” over rental crisis
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Mairead Farrell says the Government is “tone deaf” over the ongoing crisis in the rental sector.
She told the Dáil there’s an endless stream of people attending her office at Bohermore to seek help for their housing situation.
She once again highlighted the huge number of properties available on short-term platforms like AirBnB – but a total lack of properties on rental platforms like Daft.
Sinn Fein Deputy Farrell argues the Government is effectively doing nothing to make a real impact on the situation.