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Wednesday 22 May 2019

ESB challenged on power cuts

Joe Gavagha,n Area Manager ESB, Martin Scully, President, Skerries Chamber of Commerce, John Nealon, Blu Bar, 5 Rock, Goat in a Boat Coffee Shop, Cllr Tom O Leary, Declan Slevin, area operations manager, ESB.
Joe Gavagha,n Area Manager ESB, Martin Scully, President, Skerries Chamber of Commerce, John Nealon, Blu Bar, 5 Rock, Goat in a Boat Coffee Shop, Cllr Tom O Leary, Declan Slevin, area operations manager, ESB.

Ken Phelan

A local delegation has met with the ESB to discuss ongoing problems in parts of Skerries where regular power outages are occurring.

Local Fine Gael councillor Tom O'Leary (FG) has recently met with Skerries Chamber of Commerce, Skerries local businesses and representatives of ESB to discuss power outages in Skerries, and steps which may be taken to resolve the problem.

A 'frank robust discussion' was held at the meeting, with a difference of opinion emerging on the frequency of power outages in Skerries, according to Cllr O'Leary.

Local businesses, employing more than 300 employees in Skerries, also outlined the effect on their customers, employees and losses suffered.

Following the meeting, Cllr O'Leary committed to following up on a proposal to install underground cables at the Skerries Mills area with the local authority.

On the suggestion Of Martin Scully, President of Skerries Chamber of Commerce, the ESB have agreed to examine the technical feasibility of introducing 're-closures' of the rural overground power line service from the ESB plant in Loughshinny.

In the event of an incident at the plant, should 're-closures' be implemented, the power would be restricted or cut to a smaller area, possibly avoiding extensive power cuts in the town.

The area manager of ESB will report to Cllr O'Leary and Skerries Chamber of Commerce on the feasibility and action on the 'r-closure' plan.

The ESB agreed to meet the Chamber again over the next few months to review the situation and report on the actions agreed.

According to Cllr O'Leary, a 'recent power outage' has been repaired and an old section of line at Churchfield has been replaced. This fault cut power to Skerries RFC on 'a big match day' and affected 42 homes in the area.

Cllr O'Leary said ESB have confirmed that they have supplied an estimate for the cost of 'undergrounding' of cables in Skerries, and that he will request that the harbour area be included in the plans for this measure.

According to Cllr O'Leary, Siro will also commence work this year to install Fibre Broadband using the ESB network, which he said is good news for Skerries.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr O'Leary said: 'I would like to thank Skerries Chamber of Commerce for their positive contribution to the meeting today.'t

The local councillor concluded: 'I look forward to continuing the liaison with the ESB to improve power supply and services to Skerries.'

Fingal Independent

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