South Dublin residents angry over increase in power cuts

by Rebecca Ryan

Southside residents are said to be angry over an increase of power cuts in the area.

It comes as other parts of Dublin have also been experiencing numerous power cuts. In recent weeks Clondalkin residents expressed their fury after several faults in the area affected houses, traffic lights and businesses.

Chair of Kilternan, Glenamuck Residents Association (KGRA), Aileen Eglington, told Dublin Gazette that there is also a major problem with numerous power cuts on the southside.

She explained: Over the last couple of years there has been a huge amount of power outages in the general area, it seems to be, from Cornelscourt, Ballyogan, Glenamuck, Carrickmines, Kilternan up to Glencullen.

“The last one happened two weeks ago. It went out for about two and a half hours.

“I don’t understand why there are major outages. The amount of alarms going off and people are at work – that’s bad for burglars. It’s an immediate signal to say you are not in your house. It’s a security issue.

“If it goes beyond two, three or four hours you have freezer issues and all sorts of issues.”

Ms Eglington said the community would like to know why it is happening, and with the influx of houses being built in the area, is it a capacity issue.

“There has been a lot of those major power outages and I just wonder why.

“We had a business meeting with the ESB a couple of years ago and I raised it with them at the time and they said they were aware of it, but that’s all they said.

“Never do I see from the ESB an explanation why it happened.

“If you look at the Ballyogan area, the amount of houses being built, the same with Stepaside, Sandyford and Kilternan; is there a capacity problem and what are the ESB doing about it?

“Why are they having major outages?

“I was at a meeting [recently] and a few people said it to me at the meeting.

“It’s just to know why. Is it capacity? Especially as the areas are expanding, are they capacity planning?”

Dublin Gazette, contacted ESB who confirmed a power outage recently in Carrickmines resulted in a loss of electricity on September 19. They said most customers had power back within 15 minutes, with the remaining within an hour.

On the capacity concern, ESB said that would be a question for Eirgrid.

A spokesperson for EirGrid told Dublin Gazette: “I have spoken to the engineers in our control centre who assured me that this is a local issue and not an EirGrid issue. There is no capacity problem in the area.”

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