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ESB Networks Storm Barra Update

  • As at 8.45pm, approximately 38,000 electricity customers are without power across the country 

  • While we are restoring power where possible, weather conditions continue to make restoration efforts difficult and unfortunately many of these customers will remain without supply overnight. Estimated Restoration times are available at  

  • Crews will deploy again before first light tomorrow morning, where it is safe to do so, though restoration will remain challenging with continuing weather alerts 

  • Stay Safe, Stay Clear of fallen electricity wires. Report any damage to network by calling 1800 372 999 

  • Safety of the public and crews is critical. ESB Networks is making safe faults and restoring supply remotely and on site when safe to do so 

Tuesday 7 December, 8.50 pm 

As at 8.45pm, more than 38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country are without power this evening. ESB Networks’ crews are continuing to work late into the night to restore power, where safe to do so, to as many customers as possible. 

Unfortunately, some customers will remain without electricity overnight. As weather alerts remain active further damage to the electricity network can be expected as the storm tracks along the West and Northwest.  

ESB Networks apologises for the inconvenience caused and advises all impacted customers to check for restoration times.  

We are advising all those impacted by outages that they should prepare to be without electricity overnight and into tomorrow, with some customers potentially without power beyond that. It is very important that any customers who use electrically powered medical devices to contact their healthcare professional to make alternative arrangements if necessary. 

ESB Networks crews will deploy again before first light tomorrow to continue restoration works as weather warnings and conditions on the ground enable safe working.  

ESB Networks reminds the public that if you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they are LIVE and extremely dangerous 

In addition to safety procedures associated with power restoration, crews continue to work under all national Covid-19 protocols with respect to hygiene, social distancing and PPE. 

Customers can also check @ESBNetworks on Twitter for updates. 

An Important Public Safety Message: If you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they are LIVE and extremely dangerous. Please report any damage to electricity infrastructure by calling 1800 372 999. Customers should have their MPRN available to access recorded information specific to their location. You can also check @ESBNetworks on Twitter for updates.  

ESB Networks is reminding customers of the precautionary measures to take in the event of a power cut:   
• Stay Safe, Stay Clear: Never approach broken lines or damaged poles, and keep children and animals away – report damage to ESB Networks at 1800 372 999 and listen to recorded messages carefully   
• Turn off electric cookers, ovens, irons, etc. if electricity supply is lost   
• Leave a light switched on so you know when power has been restored   
• Take extra care if using candles, oil lamps or other naked flames   
• Test smoke alarms with fresh batteries   
• Ensure adequate ventilation if using gas heaters.  


Media enquiries to: 

ESB Press Office, 087 255 7186