Further power outages expected across West Limerick

Over 6,500 households left without power on Monday night

Norma Prendiville

Reporter:

Norma Prendiville

Power outages cause disruption in West Limerick

ESB Networks has warned electricity users in the Rathkeale area that there will be no power from 11pm this Tuesday night to about 4am the following morning.

This is to facilitate repairs to a cable in the Kyletaun sub-station which resulted in an unexpected loss of power to over 6,500 households last night.

Homes and businesses in the wider Rathkeale and Askeaton areas were affected between 5.30pm and 9.30pm on Monday night, leaving thousands of people without light and many without heat or the means to cook their evening meal.

But a spokesman for ESB Networks said tonight’s planned outage would be more localised and would affect fewer customers. About 900 customers in the vicinity of Rathkeale would have no power while repairs were ongoing, he said.

"We apologise again for the inconvenience caused. But it is necessary work and hopefully, given the time it will take place, the impact will be minimal.”

Last night’s loss of power, the spokesman continued, was as a result of a cable fault at the Kyletaun sub-station, outside Rathkeale.

Crews were immediately dispatched to deal with the problem, he said, and power was restored about 9.30pm.

An investigation began this morning into the precise cause of the problem and as a result, further repair work will be done from 11pm tonight.

The spokesman advised people to consult esbpowercheck.ie, a website which gives up to date information on outages.