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Winds rip roof from apartment block

Gale force winds have ripped the roof from a south Dublin apartment block as storms continue to pummel the Republic of Ireland.

No-one was injured and residents at the complex in Carrickmines Manor were evacuated from the building and vehicles forbidden from entering the estate near the M50/N11 junction, Gardai said.

“Gardai and the fire brigade are at the scene. They are evacuating three blocks,” a garda spokeswoman said.

It is understood a flat roof was also ripped off another apartment block in nearby Sandyford recently.

The roof, which appeared to be made from plywood and MDF, was ripped off one of the larger five-storey blocks in the complex.

Property management company Wyse were on site with developers Pierse Homes helping to rehouse residents.

It is understood the affected block was not full and had only been completed in the last 12 months.

Local Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell claimed: “This is the second such occurrence in Dublin South whereby roofing has been blown off a high rise apartment block. It raises real concerns over the safety of apartment blocks in elevated areas.”

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