CLARE Chief Superintendent John Kerin has expressed his gratitude to everyone who helped out during storm Emma, citing the hard work of the emergency services and local volunteers.

“I’d like to thank all the volunteers such as the Civil Defence and Coastguard who volunteered both themselves and their equipment to help out,” Chief Supt Kerin said.

He thanked the people of all ages throughout Co Clare who selflessly helped neighbours and those living in their communities by visiting them and clearing roadways.

He also thanked all those who overcame severe travel obstacles to get to work and provide necessary services to the elderly and sick.

“On a personal point of view, I want to thank all the Gardaí in County Clare who had to overcome extreme travel difficulties to get to work, those who worked double shifts, switched shifts, stayed overnight in Garda stations/local hotels so they could be available for work,” Chief Supt Kerin added.

Clare Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Joe Downey also offered his thanks to all those who assisted during the storm.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the emergency services and all their personnel who tirelessly provided emergency cover over the last number of days.

“It was a testing and challenging time due to the extreme weather conditions that prevailed. They met this challenge head on and overcame it where possible,” Sgt Downey added.

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