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In the dark

Power restored to thousands of Dublin homes and businesses after outage

10,000 homes and businesses were affected by the outage at its peak.

Updated at 9.32pm

ESB NETWORKS HAS said that all customers in Dublin 8 who experienced a power outage today should have their power restored.

It apologised to customers for the outage.

Over 10,000 homes and businesses were initially affected by the power outage, which began at 5.30pm.

Around half of affected customers had been reconnected within the hour. By 7pm all but around 2,000 homes and businesses were back online.

A spokesperson said the outage was due to a transformer fault in Dublin city centre.

Traffic lights were out of action at a number of busy junctions as commuters attempted to make their way home at rush hour. They have since been restored.

Some offices and shops closed early, and tourists in St Patrick’s Cathedral – one of the city’s most popular attractions – were evacuated from the building.

“We apologise for the loss of supply,” ESB Networks said.

We are currently working to repair a fault affecting your premises and will restore power as quickly as possible.

The offices of were amongst the businesses affected – but as you can see from above, we had a back-up plan ready.

(Alright … we had a few laptops handy).

We were back to normal service within the hour.

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