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Wednesday 19 September 2018

Power restored after some 4,000 customers in Dublin city centre left without power

Dublin City Council offices, Wood Quay
Dublin City Council offices, Wood Quay
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Power has been restored across the city after thousands of people were left without electricity this morning.

Large swathes of Dublin city were without power due to an interference from ongoing construction works.

ESB Networks have confirmed that power has been restored across the city.

Around 4,000 customers were affected earlier today.

Dublin City Council offices in Woodquay, Dublin 8 were among those without power this morning.

Speaking to RTE Radio One, ESB's Operations Manager Derek Hynes said that power has now been restored.

"Power is back. From around 2pm everybody had their power restored in and around the city centre."

Mr Hynes said that the fault was caused by third-party contractors carrying out works for different premises across the city.

"In our volt substation in Temple Bar, which we call Bedford Row, we had the tripping of a transformer which feeds a number of cables across the city centre. At the same time we had three separate notifications from members of the public of potential contact with the underground cable network when these contractors were carrying out civil works in a couple of different locations in the Grafton Street/Dawson street area.

"What we suspected is that we had two or three simultaneous faults on the underground network causing the transformer to trip."

Mr Hynes said that traffic lights as well as businesses across the city were affected.

"Anything that was connected to the electricity network in that part of the city was affected. We had restaurants, businesses, homes, apartments and traffic lights without electricity for two and a half hours."

He added that ESB has plans in place to prevent this kind of power outage from happening.

"We have a service for people who are carrying out civil works called 'dial before you dig'. Anybody who is carrying out any digging work should contact us and we will send them out maps showing where all our underground cables are so they can make sure they are safe."

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