Cork city experienced some of the worst flooding in twenty years overnight with gardaí being left with little choice but to close certain areas due to the flood waters.
In Cork city the quay wall near the Mercy Hospital collapsed in the early hours of this morning causing serious flooding. Patients and staff in the Mercy had to be moved to more secure parts of the building.
Extensive flooding across Galway which has cut off all major approach routes by road and rail may result in the opening this afternoon one lane of a new N6 motorway stretch still under construction.
Galway West TD Frank Fahey (FF) said the National Road Authority (NRA) will open one lane temporarily to provide access to the city, with a speed limit set at 50 km, and extra gardaí will be deployed to monitor this.