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Tributes paid to flood victim nurse

Tributes have been paid to a hospice nurse who died when her basement flat flooded.

Filipino woman Celia Ferrer De Jesus was found dead on Tuesday morning after emergency services pumped water out of her home in Crumlin, south Dublin.

The 58-year-old mother-of-one had been a staff member here at Our Lady's Hospice and Care Services in Harold's Cross for 10 years.

Mo Flynn, the hospice chief executive, said it was with great sadness colleagues heard the news of her tragic death.

"Celia has been a valued member of our support staff here since 2001," she said. "All of our staff are deeply moved by this very sad tragedy."

Ms Flynn extended her deepest sympathies to Celia's husband Angelito, 19-year-old son Michael Kevin, her family in the Philippines and many friends and colleagues in Dublin.

The nurse was the second victim of the flash floods that wreaked havoc across the east of Ireland.

The body of Garda Ciaran Jones, 25, was pulled from the River Liffey in Co Wicklow on Tuesday, close to where he was swept into the water while trying to help motorists in danger during Monday night's deluge.

The off-duty officer, who was stationed at Stepaside, south Dublin, had been helping people on the upper stretches of the river at Ballysmuttan Bridge with his brother and a friend when he was pulled into the fast-flowing waters.

Elsewhere, hundreds of residents are counting the cost of a mammoth clean-up operation after their homes were flooded. AA Roadwatch said most roads have reopened, but warned the Old Portmarnock Road in north Dublin and the Lacken Gap and the local road at Manor Kilbride in Wicklow remain impassable. The Sally Gap and the Wicklow Gap are passable with caution.

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