3 dead, thousands without power, clean up could cost one billion

The clean up from Ophelia could cost up to 1 billion euro.

Three people lost their lives and an unprecedented number of people were left without power.

Juliette Gash reports:

Around 245 thousand people are without power and Local authorities will be working with the ESB, transport companies and critical infrastructure in the coming days.

Schools remain shut today, but universities are starting to reopen.

 Public transport is returning to normal, with the exception of Dublin’s Luas, but some disruptions may remain.

Over 150 routes are blocked by fallen trees and debris.

The cabinet meets in Dublin this morning to discuss the cost and cleanup of the worst weather event in Ireland in more than 50 years.

Each Minister will bring their individual memos on everything from getting the schools and roads reopened to the overall cost of the damage.

The bill from Ophelia will run to many tens of millions and the Cabinet will discuss using existing state funds and the disaster funds available from the European Union.

Members of the National Emergency Coordination Group will meet again at 10, when they can start to gain a sense of how much damage Ophelia has done.