Faced with severe weather conditions not witnessed in almost 40 years, areas of Dublin City have ground to a virtual standstill, with major disruptions caused to road and rail transport. The snow and icy conditions have also forced Dublin airport to delay or cancel hundreds of post-Christmas flights to and from the capital.

The cold spell, described as arctic, is now entering its fourth week but, encouragingly, signs of a thaw are on their way. The combination of freezing fog and heavy snow have left thousands of Dubliners without water, as underground pipes have frozen, while concerns are increasing for elderly people living alone. Areas badly affected in the greater Dublin area include Co. Wicklow and Co. Meath, while motorists nationwide are being advised to only travel when necessary and to refrain from overtaking vehicles.