A huge fire destroyed a recycling facility and it may take several days for the area to be declared safe due to the nature of the material stored there.
There are investigations into the cause of the fire at the NER recycling plant at Rathcoole in the west of Co. Dublin. The fire broke out around midnight on Monday night.
More than 30 firefighters from the fire brigade in Dublin, with the help of the Kildare fire brigade, have fought against the fire. "At the height of the fire there were four pump devices and specialist equipment, including a ladder for foam plastic and turntable ladders, as well as emergency services," said a spokesperson for the Dublin fire brigade.
"Yesterday morning we had four engines, the turntable ladder and two water tankers from both Dublin and Kildare on the spot, and we fought defensively against the fire, mainly by removing material from the fire pit, turning it over and extinguishing it.
"This can take days, depending on the conditions on the site."
The cause of the fire is not yet known and an inspection by firefighters will take place.
A spokesman for the fire brigade said that most of the material was in the factory paper.
"It is, of course, a combustible material and these fires cost a lot of time and resources to fight," he explained.
A spokesman for the company said they were still collecting information about the fire and that they could not comment on it at such an early stage.