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ESB apologises as vehicle hits pole and causes major outage in Skibbereen

Monday, 17th September, 2018 4:58pm

Story by Siobhan Cronin
ESB apologises as vehicle hits pole and causes major outage in Skibbereen

The ESB says that a 'third party' caused the power outage

THE ESB has apologised today for a power outage in Skibbereen which saw up to 500 customers in the town centre losing power during lunchtime.

The power outage was caused by a third party hitting an ESB pole which then earthed the line, leading to a major outage, according to the ESB press office.

The outage hit the town at about 1:50pm when the businesses on Bridge Street and part of Main Street were affected. Banks were closed and many more businesses were also forced to close their doors for a portion of the afternoon.

Shortly after 3pm, the ESB confirmed that many of those affected had seen power restored, with a number more due to be connected by mid-afternoon. ‘There was a fault on the line which served about 1400 customers,’ a press officer told The Southern Star, ‘and between 400 and 500 customers were affected.’

‘The vast majority of businesses should see their power back now,’ said the spokesperson.  

To check the status of the supply in their area, customers are advised to consult powercheck.ie