• Engineers have been inspecting the damage caused by landslides in Co.Leitrim.

    Over 10 farms have been impacted by tonnes of mud near Drumkeeran, and two homes have been evacuated.

    Heavy rain has caused floods of liquid peat to spread out across acres of land and has also covered a bridge.

    In the Dáil yesterday, Independent TD Marian Harkin called for greater support to be made available to Leitrim County Council after thousands of tonnes of bog sipped down from Shass mountain near the village of Drumkeeran.

    The Sligo / Leitrim TD asked Tanaiste Leo Varadker to provide Government aid to remedy the damage to property and the environment arising from the landslide.

    She said people had suffered extensive damage to the land and property, and in some cases, had to leave their homes.

  • Mayo County Council says Kinetic fencing installed on Dooncarton mountain in north Mayo following devastating landslides in 2003 prevented serious damage during heavy rainfall last week.

    The heavy rain last Friday led to small landslides taking place on Dooncarton mountain for the first time since the 2003 events.

    Following the devastating landslides 16 years ago, kinetic fencing was installed on the mountain, along with drainage and the creation of Berms higher up the mountain to divert heavy waterflow - in a €1.5 million euro investment.

    Until last week, the measures had not been fully tested by the threat of a landslide.

    Following Friday's heavy rain and small landslides, Mayo County Council inspected the site and said the safety measures put in place proved successful.

    The council says that, while some of the more liquid elements were able to come through the fencing, it's designed to hold back the more solid elements which can cause significant damage.




  • Two homes have been evacuated and over 10 farms have been impacted by landslides in Co Leitrim.

    Thousands of tonnes of peat have been flowing across acres of land near Drumkeeran since Sunday following heavy rain.

    Acres of farmland are covered by the peat and a number of roads are blocked.

    Engineers from Leitrim County Council have been on site and drones are now being used to examine the damage caused.