City road closed over asbestos fears

Sam Matthews

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Sam Matthews

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A section of O’ Loughlin Road and Assumption Place remains closed off to traffic by Gardai this evening, following concerns over the asbestos which has been scattered across the area.

A section of O’ Loughlin Road and Assumption Place remains closed off to traffic by Gardai this evening, following concerns over the asbestos which has been scattered across the area.

The roof of Nowlan Park was badly damaged yesterday in the storm, and debris has been scattered over a wide area. It has been confirmed that the roof covering is made of asbestos sheeting.

The material is belived to be a benign form of asbestos, however, it becomes hazardous in airborne and powder/dust form following extended exposure. Following consultation with the HSE and the Gardai, a cordon has been placed on the public roadway to prevent vehicles crushing the debris or an undue congregation of spectators.

The material is belived to be a benign form of asbestos, however, it becomes hazardous in airborne and powder/dust form following extended exposure. Following consultation with the HSE and the Gardai, a cordon has been placed on the public roadway to prevent vehicles crushing the debris or an undue congregation of spectators.

The HSE advises that long term health effects from a single exposure to asbestos are judged to be very low. However, residents or visitors to the O’ Loughlin Road area are being warned not touch any fragments of asbestos.

One local man, Tommy Cummins (88) had just arrived home yesterday lunchtime when some of the material smashed through a front bedroom window in his home.

“The bed was left covered in glass,” said Tommy.

“It’s not bad because I have very good neighbours. They helped me out with it.”

Nearby, Kitty Guider (93), was also lucky to be downstairs at time, when debris came flying through her upstairs double-glazed window.cky to be downstairs at time, when debris came flying through her upstairs double-glazed window.