• The Minister for Agriculture has confirmed to Roscommon deputy Denis Naughten that his Department is evaluating flood protection measures for farmyards prone to flooding and he is considering the feasibility of a once-off targeted scheme for Voluntary Farm Building Relocation.

    Minister Michael Creed said in a response in the Dail to a question from the deputy that a “study to determine the feasibility of any future once-off targeted scheme for Voluntary Farm Building Relocation is being undertaken”. He went on to say that the Department “has evaluated a range of at risk farmyards, impacted by flooding, to see if any alternative remedial works can be undertaken to protect farm buildings at risk of flooding and is currently considering this evaluation”.

    Denis Naughten told Midwest News that while this is only one small solution to the overall climate challenge locally this work, in conjunction with the work taking place on the River Shannon itself and its tributaries to clean the channels of the rivers, will have a direct impact on reducing the risk of flooding in the future.

  • Storm Lorenzo is expected to bring winds of up to 130 kilometres an hour to some western coastal counties later.

    A yellow warning for wind and rain will take effect nationally from nine this morning, while an orange wind alert for western counties will begin this evening.

    Mayo, Galway, Clare, Kerry and Limerick are forecast to be worst affected.

    Damaging gusts and heavy rain are expected over the course of the day with coastal flooding likely in places.

    The worst of the conditions will be along the western seaboard as storm lorenzo sweeps in.

    People are being told to keep up-to-date with their local authority.

    Airports are warning passengers to check for any flight disruption before travelling to the airport.

    Schools are also being advised to err on the side of caution when deciding whether or not to open.

    The National Emergency Co-Ordination Group is to meet again later this morning to finalise preparations.