Minister passing the buck on North Dublin power outages, claims Cllr

by Rose Barrett
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Cllr Paul Mulville (SD for Rush-Lusk LEA) is calling on Minister for Energy Eamon Ryan to take urgent action to address the constant power cuts which we are facing in our area.

“We have had to endure more power cuts in recent weeks across Portrane, Donabate, Swords, Rush and Lusk.  As the Minister responsible, he cannot just throw his hands up in the air and just pass the buck!” said Cllr Mulville.

Deputy Jennifer Whitmore (Wicklow) as Social Democrats Energy Spokesperson, raised the matter in Dáil recently, calling on the Minister to clarify as to how his department would address the matter, and to make a statement on the issue.

However, Minister Ryan (GP for Dublin Bay South) stated the power outages were not the responsibility of his department, rather they were under the remit of the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) which is responsible for the running of the ESB, Eirgrid, distribution, transmission, etc.

Cllr Mulville (above), however, felt the Minister was rather passing the buck. He said:

“The Government has planned for rapid population growth across North County Dublin, and for much-needed housing. However, we are again being sorely left behind in terms of basic infrastructure, such as electricity. 

“As a local area committee, we have invited the ESB to appear before us, to outline their plans, and to be held to account, which they have so far declined.  

“The Government must now tell us exactly what they intend to do to ensure continuity of electricity supply for the North County!”

The councillor for the Rush-Lusk area thanked Deputy Whitmore for raising the matter on behalf of the residents of the area but reiterated, the Minister needs to address this ongoing issue.

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