Sligo: Cold Weather Updates
Warning: Red Warning Issued to All Counties (4.02PM)
Met Éireann has extended its Red Weather Warning to Nationwide as the temperatures are set to fall below -7 Degrees. As such, the State will be in a situation of lock down from 4Pm today. Education Minister Richard Bruton has said that all schools and Government buildings and services are closed today and Friday. Irish Rail and Bus Éireann services are not operating and all Government buildings and services are closed.
In Sligo the public are asked to stay indoors from 4PM today until 6AM tomorrow and heed the warnings on not going out into the storm.
Keep Up to Date on the Level of The Weather Warning:
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Sligo University Hospital: Appointments Cancelled.
Following the upgrade of the weather warning last night by Met Eireann to Status Red for the entire country today (Thursday March 1st), Sligo University Hospital (SUH) has cancelled routine electives and outpatient appointments today and tomorrow (Friday 2nd). This includes ante-natal clinics due to take place today in Ballyshannon and Carrick-on-Shannon.
We will continue to do everything possible to maintain all essential services to patients receiving planned cancer and renal treatments but please contact the hospital directly at 071-9171111 if you have any concerns. All appointments cancelled during the period will be rescheduled and patients will be advised of their new appointment by their hospital.
Patients should be advised that if they do attend the hospital this morning, Thursday, for a clinic appointment they will be seen.
The hospital’s Emergency Department remains open 24/7 but continue to be busy and we may experience difficulties regarding discharges over the next two days as a consequence of the adverse conditions. We would encourage people to consider all options available to them for their healthcare needs and to protect the ED for those most seriously ill.
We would ask that patients who are being discharged today are collected from the hospital as early as possible to avoid travelling during the worsening conditions forecast for this afternoon.
SUH is working closely with colleagues in the Community Health Organisations and with the National Ambulance Service.
Keep up to date with @HSELive and @saoltagroup on Twitter and visit www.hse.ie/weatherwarning orwww.saolta.ie for all the latest information regarding health services
Fuel Allowance Increase: Sligo
Fine Gael’s ‘Local Area Representative’ in Sligo, Blaine Gaffney has welcomed the announcement today by Tony McLoughlin T.D. that in anticipation of the extreme cold weather facing every county of Ireland this weekend, Fine Gael in Government have announced that all 335,000 people in receipt of the the ‘Fuel Allowance’ will now receive a double €45 payment on March 12th to help people to stay warm in thier homes during this bad spell.
"This included recipients from Co. Sligo so please pass on this information to anyone who you may know that this will affect. We are not sure how much snow we will get to Sligo but with falling temperatures, up to - 5 Degrees, it is important to be ready, to keep warm and to check on any elderly residents if snow gets heavy in your area.
There is also an'Exceptional Needs Payment' which is administered by the Department of Social Protection which can assist people in fuel poverty with their fuel bills. Information on this scheme can be accessed here: http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Exceptional-Needs-Payments.aspx
Please also see relevant information below which has been announced today by the Government about the national response to this weather: This will be updated regularly for information on Sligo.
National Information on National Weather Situation:
· Salting on roads has enabled traffic flow this morning, albeit slowly
· Public transport has been affected to varying degrees
· Dublin airport has been affected by very heavy snow and flights have been diverted
· Please check social media and transport websites for latest updates.
· Public transport will be seriously disrupted tomorrow. Specifically Dublin Bus will not operate and Bus Eireann and rural link will not operate in Munster plus Leinster.
· Bus Eirean and most private operators are advising they will not be operating.
· Irish Rail is not running.
· The situation at affected Airports will be kept under review and people should check with carriers.
· All schools, colleges and third level institutions in Sligo will be closed today.
· They will remain closed on Friday because of the Blizzard like conditions in those red areas.
Keep up to date:
· The public are advised to monitor Met Éireann across all media platforms for further updates and to familiarise themselves with the Winter Ready campaign and associated support materials.
· See gov.ie for all information and links.