Minister says funds will be made available to help those worst hit by storms

High winds and heavy rain are continuing to batter parts of the country this evening. The stormy conditions are being felt worst along the South and West coasts. Met Eireann says its orange weather warning will be in place until at least 7 o’clock. Caherdaniel Wave Crest Caravan Park Home and business owners are counting the costs of the storm force conditions – which hit the country last night and throughout today. High winds, heavy rain and tidal surges have resulted in coastal flooding – with parts of Kerry, Cork, Clare and Galway – the worst affected. And Met Eireann says the widespread gales are continuing – with gusts between 90 and 120 kilometres per hour. The orange weather warning will remain active until at least 7 o’clock. Eircom crews are currently dealing with over 11,000 faults on the network around the country. The ESB says work is continuing to restore power to just under 2,000 customers. Meanwhile the Office of Public Works Minister – Brian Hayes – says funds will be fastracked to local authorities who apply for assistance to carry out repair work: [audio_player src=””]