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County Laois has been hit dramatically by extensive flooding in the wake of the wet weather. 

The army has been mobilised to assist with the evacuation process.

It is reported that up to 1,000 people are affected by flooding in the midlands county after a number of rivers burst their banks in the heavy rain. 

Homes have been flooded and roads were left completely impassible.

A number of families have been forced from their homes due to the rising waters.

A statement from Laois Country Council reads:

'Laois County Council wish to advise that due to the recent heavy rainfall the N80 is now closed as is many of the adjoining local roads including Ballyfin to Mountmellick Road, Irishtown, Wolfe Tone Street, Manor Lane are all impassible.'

'Currently 21 families in Mountmellick are being evacuated from their homes as a result of the flooding.'

Fire and rescue services have been working tirelessly to assist those impacted by the extensive flooding. 



It has been announced that the Special Army Forces will play a much bigger role in supporting the Gardaí in responding to potential terror attacks.

Captain John Forde, of the Defence Forces, told 98fm: "Among the roles assigned to the Defence Forces in the White Paper on Defence is to provide support to An Garda Síochána in maintaining the security of the State and its people. 

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"In this regard Inter-agency training and close co-operation between the Defence Forces and An Garda Síochána is ongoing."

This means that the Irish soldiers will work alongside the Emergency and Armed Support Units.

They will be the first responders on the scene in the event of an attack in Ireland.

This follows recent efforts by the Gardaí and the Dublin Fire Brigade to extend their training exercises.



Dublin Airport was FULL of emotions yesterday as family members and loved ones welcomed their troops home after serving six months in Lebanon.

There was no time wasted either – as soon as little ones caught a glimpse of their parents, they were running right over for hugs and kisses.

The airport erupted in cheer as the 51st Infantry Group, United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) returned home to Terminal One in Dublin Airport at 6.30am.

There were a total of 190 members on the flight home, and the footage taken by RTÉ really pulls at the heart strings.

Watch the video to see the happy reunions: 

Pic: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie