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Met Eireann, the Irish national weather service, has announced that there are no indications that severe weather is on the way for Ireland this winter.

Speaking to, weather forecaster Gerald Fleming said he saw nothing to indicate that another arctic winter lay in store for the country.

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For the last two years unprecedented heavy snow and ice caused weeks of near chaos around the nation, but this year the Irish government has said that preparations are in place to deal with a repeat of extreme conditions.

Already the Task Force on Emergency Planning is launching a Winter Ready information website to offer practical advice to the public. You can visit the new website at for tips on safely navigating particularly cold spells.

The Irish governmenthas spent over $21 million on disaster relief, which includes 200,000 tons of salt, while Irish airports have invested over $9.5 million in extreme weather preparation.