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Two Aran Islands could be without power until tomorrow

The plan is to ship the generators today, but that may not be possible.

The generator arriving in Ros a Mhíl .
The generator arriving in Ros a Mhíl .
Image: ESB

THE ISLANDS OF Inis Oirr and Inis Meáin could be without power until tomorrow as the ESB attempts to install a generator.

The islands lost their power on Friday because of a fault with an undersea cable.

ESB crews managed to restore power on Inis Mór but 372 customers on the other two islands were left without power until specialist generators are connected.

The ESB said in a statement that a transformer for the generators has been brought in from the UK, but needed to be altered at a facility in Portlaoise.

The plan is to ship the generators today, but that may not be possible.

“It is hoped to ship the transformer to the islands tomorrow but the weather forecast is not good for sailing”.

The ESB says that the delivery of fuel has also been arranged, but it is likely to be tomorrow evening before power is back via generation.

The generator is a temporary solution while the undersea cables are being repaired with island residents advised to contact their doctor if they have medical devices that need power.

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