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Irish Rail services are delayed by a signifiant 80 minutes from Heuston Station this morning. 

All services to Heuston are delayed by 30 minutes.

The delays are down to a mechanical issue on the line between Sallins and Newbridge.

'Disruption to all services in and out of Heuston at present due to mechanical issues between Sallins and Newbridge,' reads and Irish Rail tweet.

 Originally delays were expected to last 60 minutes, but an additional 20 minutes has since been added.

Passengers travelling in both directions have expressed their dismay at the service delays, with many noting that they had similar issues with the service last Monday. 

'Is this Irish Rails new Monday thing? Make sure everyone is stressed and late for work, and whatever you do don’t give any clear information,' one commuted tweeted in response. 

'If ye were an airline ye d be forced by law to compensate paying customers for all the disruptions to their journeys,' said another

It is not yet known if the mechanical issues will disrupt the evening commuter services. 

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The UK Arctic blast may be heading towards Ireland, according to the predictions of weather experts Met Éireann and Midland Channel.

There's a possibility of heavy snow and disruptions, so people are preparing for some seriously cold frost.

If the UK's forecast is anything to go by, severe sleet could hit the country this weekend. The UK are facing severe sleet and snow at the moment, which could easily come our way.

According to the Midland Channel;

"As skies remain clear this evening temperatures will fall away quiet rapidly across the country with a widespread ground frost likely as air temperatures dip to as low as -2 or -3 degrees Celsius.

"Showers during the day have lead to rather damp road conditions and as temperatures fall below freezing some icy stretches are likely. Do take care if you are travelling this evening, especially on secondary roads."

cold william h macy GIF

If anyone remembers the Beast From the East in 2018, they can recall the chaos caused by the snow. I mean, a Lidl was destroyed for God's sake. 

A yellow warning for snow and ice across the country has been issued by the Met Office, who are calling the warning an "arctic blast".

Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said:

"Things are turning colder, but it is just more typical winter conditions. It has been so mild this winter that it will be a bit of a shock to the system even though temperatures will be average for this time of year or just below."

Met Éireann also claimed that Ireland possibly could see a fall of snow on Thursday night.

"The freshening southerly winds will become strong southeasterly on Thursday night ahead of rain developing in the west."

"Temperatures will be below freezing in places and the rain will be preceded for a time by a fall of snow as it spreads eastwards across the country."

Batten down the hatches, lads, and whip out the blankets ASAP.

frozen snow GIF by funk

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According to emerging reports, a tour bus crashed into a Red Line Luas at Smithfield earlier this morning.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 11am and it has been established that there have been no reports of injuries.

The public have, however, been advised that trams will not be running between Smithfield and The Point, and there will be further delays down the line.

Customers have been made aware of the disruption through social media, with the official Luas website offering further details.

"Please be advised that Luas services are running between Saggart, Tallaght and Blackhorse only due to incident on the line at Smithfield," it read "There are no services between The Point/Connolly and Blackhorse."

Customers have been assured that Luas tickets are valid on Dublin Bus services for the duration.

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