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Ophelia Latest: Collins Coaches’ latest to stop services

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A Collins Coaches vehicle drives through Ardee en route to Dublin. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

Collins Coaches have this morning cancelled their remaining commuter bus services to and from Dublin. The company communicated their decision at 9.10am, after running early morning services to and from the nation’s capital.

Collins’ say the only remaining service that will take to the road today is an 11am service from Dublin to Monaghan, taking in Ardee.

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On Sunday evening, Collins Coaches said, ‘All bus services are scheduled to operate as normal tomorrow unless they are unable to do so due to blocked roads etc. Hopefully all will operate as normal.’ These plans have now been shelved.

Their decision comes after Bus Eireann made the decision to cancel all bus services nationwide – including services between Monaghan, Drogheda and Dundalk and Expressway services – from 5am and 2pm today. They say the situation will be reviewed in the afternoon.

Elsewhere in Ardee, all local schools have been closed for the day. Ardee YouthReach is also not holding classes today. The Louth Leadership offices are closed all day. This morning Ardee Credit Union announced that in the interests of safety, they will close their local branches at 12pm today.

Postal services are being disrupted today. There will be no An Post deliveries in Louth after 12pm today. Ulster Bank’s branch in Ardee is closed today as is the Bank of Ireland branch.

Today’s meeting of Louth County Council has been cancelled in the interests of public safety. The HSE has cancelled all hospital outpatient appointments which were due to take place today.

An Garda Síochána have advised members of the public against all non-essential journeys. The brunt of Hurricane Ophelia is set to reach Dublin and North Leinster at around 1pm today.

Met Éireann is warning that the storm is likely to be the most severe weather event to hit the country in over 50 years. People across the country are being told to avoid travelling unless it is absolutely necessary.

*The above list is not exhaustive. To check whether other business or services locally are open, please call ahead. However, don’t venture out unless it’s absolutely necessary and put your safety first at all times.

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