Power cuts in Donabate & Portrane

by Gazette Reporter

THE ESB has apologised for a series of power cuts in Donabate and Portrane which left households and businesses in the dark.

The company’s public affairs manager Sean Murphy said: “We are very sorry for the outages. We are aware of occasional intermittent outages which may be the result of both agricultural activity and timber coming into contact with the lines in that area.

“In addition we have been dealing with lightning activity which has led to a number of outages as damaged equipment has had to be replaced in the area.”

The ESB says it has increased the number of line checks being undertaken as well as commissioning ESB International to carry out a series of tests to identify any issues or weaknesses.

Cllr Adrian Henchy received the reply from the ESB after expressing his frustration following a weekend of repeated power cuts.

He said: “Enough is enough; these outages are happening far too frequently and I am very conscious of all the businesses in the area that are greatly impacted as well as the many people who are now working from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Donabate Portrane Community Council also called for an urgent solution to the problem and wrote to ESB boss Pat O’Doherty seeking a meeting.

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