Tuesday 23 October 2018

Thousands are hit by second power outage

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Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Passengers were left stranded in trains and more than 26,000 homes and businesses were affected after a major power outage in Dublin.

Trains were left stranded between stations for up to 30 minutes yesterday after a fault at a substation left large parts of the capital without an electricity supply, with knock-on delays through the morning peak on rail services which affected around 30,000 commuters.

The ESB said a plant failure at its Finglas 220kV substation, the biggest in the country, caused the outage which hit at 7.20am. Power was restored by 8.25am.

It said hospitals were not affected, as they would have switched to back-up generators. But Irish Rail said there were significant delays to commuter and Dart services which lasted until 10am. The outage comes just days after 4,600 homes and businesses in Dublin city centre were left without electricity due to a fault with a transformer in Temple Bar, which was likely caused by construction works.

Irish Independent

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