THE lack of ESB power in parts of south west Cork over the past six to eight months was raised in the Seanad by Fine Gael Senator Tim Lombard.
‘We have experienced at least seven power outages affecting large parts of Carrigaline, Minane Bridge and Nohoval, with some almost reaching Kinsale,’ he said. ‘ESB has a Third World network in parts of the country and that needs to be addressed. It is an issue that the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment must be aware of in order that he does something to ensure people have continuous electric power.’
He said it was a basic service in this day and age, and it is ‘bizarre’ that there have been seven outages in this part of the world since last November.
Senator Lombard said this needs to be brought to the attention of the Minister and ESB Networks to ensure people do not continue to experience these outages going forward.
‘It affects the credibility of our tourism industry and it also has a damaging effect on our agricultural industry and on householders who had no power for three hours on a Sunday of a bank holiday weekend.
‘The Minister needs to talk to ESB Networks to get something done,’ he said.
In response, Leader of the House Cork Senator Jerry Buttimer said Senator Lombard’s comments illustrated the need for investment in and the upgrading of the ESB network.