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Ireland airports reopen as Iceland volcano ash dissipates, but more may be on the way

Airports in Ireland were shut for about eight hours on Tuesday as winds carried ash from the Icelandic volcano into flight paths. Though travel is now getting back to normal, meteorologists say summer winds could lead to more disruption at European airports.

Passengers wait for flights at Dublin airport, Tuesday. The Irish Aviation Authority grounded flights at all Irish airports Monday, because of a risk to aircraft engines from Iceland's volcano ash.

Peter Morrison/AP

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Europeans are bracing themselves for another blast of travel troubles as Icelandic volcano ash clogs up British and Irish airspace once more.

Airports in the Republic of Ireland were closed for eights hours on Tuesday as prevailing winds once more brought ash from an Iceland volcano closer to the European mainland.

They are now reopened, but the Nordic nation of Iceland is surely vying for the title of most loathed country in Europe.

First, Iceland's economy collapsed, causing financial fallout across the Continent. Then the tiny country of just 300,000 people paralyzed all of Europe when the Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted, spewing out clouds of volcanic ash that grounded air travel across much of the Continent for a full six days.

Ireland-based pilot and aviation expert Kieran O'Connor says the safety measures were a moral and safety responsibility. “It was no disaster where safety was concerned – if one person had died, that would have been a disaster. I believe the aviation authorities acted very responsibly,” he says.

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