Northern Ireland calls Army in amid snow aftermath

Sinn Fein has asked the British Army to help deal with the aftermath of heavy snow in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland's Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill has called for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to use its helicopters for food drops to cattle and sheep stranded in the worst affected remote areas.

Sheep huddle together in the hills above the Glens of Antrim, Northern Ireland. Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Estimates suggest up to 10,000 animals have been buried beneath snow drifts that have reached up to 18 feet high in parts of Counties Antrim and Down.

"What we have done is we have asked the MoD to provide a helicopter because there was no helicopter available anywhere on this island that would be capable of taking the feed up and distributing it," Ms O'Neill said.

"They have agreed to come in and there were talks late into the night last night to make sure everything was ready to go", she continued. "Anything that helps get food and aid out on the ground then that is what we need to do".