Sunday 24 February 2019

Thousands left without electricity following two cable faults

The area was left in darkness. Photo: RollingNews.ie
The area was left in darkness. Photo: RollingNews.ie

Thousands of people and businesses in the Glasnevin and Whitehall areas were left without power for the second time in less than 24 hours.

A cable fault on the power line servicing Glasnevin was responsible for knocking out power to around 2,000 customers on Thursday. The power was restored intermittently throughout the night.

However, a second - unrelated - fault on the cable servicing the same area happened yesterday around 6.20pm.

That fault led to the loss of power to around 2,700 customers in the Glasnevin/Whitehall areas last night.

It's understood that the National Botanic Gardens was also affected. The gardens house the Victorian-era Palm House, which features exotic palm trees and other tropical plants requiring warm and humid conditions.

Officials from the Office of Public Works, which runs the gardens, could not be reached for comment last night.


An ESB spokesman said the fault was located and crews were able to restore power to the majority of customers by 8.30pm.

He said a small pocket of customers - less than 300 - were still without power, although they were expected to have their electricity restored by 10pm.

The cause of the fault was unknown, he said.

However, he added it had nothing to do with the weather.

"We have outages all the time, both day and night," he told the Herald.

"It's the nature of the network. There can be various reasons. It could be a transformer failure or something hitting the line."

However a Glasnevin resident living near the gardens said she was not impressed with the back-to-back disruptions in the space of 24 hours.

"It's just not good enough," she said.

She said her electricity went out at 9.15am on Thursday and wasn't restored until 2am yesterday, before going out again around teatime last night.

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