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Dublin: 8 °C Tuesday 21 January, 2020

Power restored to many but 25,000 homes are still in the dark

ESB Networks says its infrastructure has been bit by winds of up to 125km per hour.

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Updated 21.57 

25,000 HOMES REMAIN without power tonight despite the ESB’s best efforts to get the network back on its feet.

Earlier 48,000 households were left without power as the full force of Storm Barney was felt around the country.

20,000 houses have had their power restored, but it does seem that those who are currently without electricity will remain in that situation until at least morning.

The most affected areas overnight will be:

  • Portlaoise
  • Kilkenny
  • Ennis
  • Athlone
  • Naas
  • Wicklow
  • North Wexford
  • Tullamore
  • Mullingar
  • Celbridge

While the ESB has said it hopes to have most areas reconnected by tomorrow evening it admits that with further bad weather expected on Wednesday, no guarantees can be made.

Earlier, ESB Networks said its infrastructure had been hit by winds of up to 125km per hour.

Emergency updates can be followed on the utility’s website here.

ESB Networks has also warned that members of the public should not approach fallen wires or damaged cables if they see them, and should call 1850 372 999.

Additional reporting Cianan Brennan

First published 16.37

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