• There are over 100 ESB customers without power in the Crossmolina area this morning.

    ESB say there is a fault on the line and hope to have power restored by midday.

  • The ESB says crews are working to restore power to around 186 thousand customers after Storm Ali.

    Over 1400 individual faults have been recorded across the network.

    The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds.

    The areas most affected include Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, Cavan, Galway, Portlaoise, Dundalk, Mullingar and parts of North County Dublin.

  • Around 200 customers are without electricity this afternoon in the Achill area.

    According to ESB Powercheck, 202 customers are without power, due to a fault.

    Power is out since around 2.30pm today and the estimated restoration time is 6.15pm this evening.

  • Businesses, homes and schools in Crossmolina were affected by power outages this morning.

    Over 700 customers in the North Mayo were without power, following a fault on the network.

    Crossmolina National School was forced to close as a result of the outage, which has also hit local businesses financially.

    Power supplies have now been restored to most customers, but Crossmolina-based Councillor Michael Loftus says this is the fourth power outage in the town in recent weeks, and he says ESB Networks need to resolve the fault quickly.

  • The community of Enniscrone is mounting a protest campaign in opposition to planning permission granted to the ESB by Sligo County Council last Monday to erect a 20 meter telecommunications mast at its sub-station site at Frankford, Enniscrone. The mast is to be used for a 5G network.

    News of the development has caused concern locally with a public protest meeting held on Thursday last at the site.

    Many local people argue that the planning notice for the proposed development was not adequately displayed in the town, claiming it was erected on a gate, which already had numerous ESB signs beside it.

    There are concerns about the potential health impact on the local population from a 5G mast, as it will be located in a populated area with 5 housing estates in the immediate area and a crèche close by. Several hundred people live in close proximity to the site.

    Concerns over the visual impact of the development have also been raised.

    Local Independent councillor Joe Queenan told Midwest News today that it’s “bizarre” the way in which “the community only realised that a planning application had been sought for this development on the Sunday and the next day, last Monday, it was granted”.

    Midwest News contacted the ESB about the development and in a written response the company confirmed that a planning application had been submitted by it to Sligo County Council for the development of telecommunications infrastructure at Enniscrone. “As the planning process is in train, we are not in a position to comment further at this stage”.




  • Icy conditions, snow and unseasonably cold weather are forecast for the rest of the week.

    Met Eireann has issued a yellow weather warning for the whole country for low temperatures, while a status orange snow &ice warning is in place for parts of the East, Southeast and Midlands.

    While the West is expected to escape the worst of the snow, temperatures tonight will plummet to as low as minus 5 in Connacht.

    In light of the severe weather being forecast, ESB Networks have decided to cancel planned outages that were due to take pklace this week , in order to carry out repairs and maintenance.

    Earlier today, Westport Councillor Christy Hyland had appealed to the ESB to call off the planned outages, amid fears that homes would be left without heat.

    This evening, ESB Networks has confirmed that planned outages have been cancelled this Wednesday, Thursday & Friday and will be rescheduled for a later date.

    The Mayo-based Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring is reminding people of the need to look out for older and more vulnerable members of their community during the cold snap this week.

    He says it’s important to check if elderly people in particular have enough food, fuel and medication.

  • The ESB says power has been restored to all customers affected by Storm Callum.

    At the height of the storm up to 30 thousand customers lost service, predominantly in the southwest.

    The storm is still moving across the UK where 30 flood warnings remain in place with the worst of the weather expected across south Wales.




  • Just under two thousand homes and businesses have lost power because of Storm Gareth, which  brought strong winds and high seas to the west and north-west region overnight.

    ESB Networks are reporting power outages in the Achill and Ballinrobe areas of Co Mayo - they hope to restore power to about 50 customers in Ballinrobe this lunchtime, while the Achill outage should be repaired by late afternoon.

    A small number of customers are without power in Collooney, Co Sligo, while the Co Galway areas of Claregalway, Oughterard and Carraroe have also been hit by power outages.

    No structural damage was reported across Co Mayo following Storm Gareth, with gusts of  96 km/h recorded in Newport at 6am this morning, and 81 km/h in Belmullet.

    The highest gusts were reported in Co Donegal.



  • Funding has been confirmed for the Oweninny windfarm project in north Mayo.

    ESB and Bord na Mona have confirmed that the €160 million project will be financed with long-term debt from a consortium of banks, including the European Investment Bank, who are providing 50% of the funding, as well as MUFG Bank, BNP Paribas and AIB.

    The 89 megawatt windfarm will supply clean energy to 50,000 homes.

    Located between Crossmolina and Bangor Erris, the site was formerly used for peat harvesting by Bord na Mona to fuel the ESB power station at Bellacorrick, which was decommissioned in 2003.

    ESB Chief Executive Pat O’Doherty says the Oweninny windfarm will add to the ESB’s existing portfolio of 16 windfarms on the island of Ireland, and will support their strategy to significantly reduce the carbon intensity of the electricity they generate.


  • There is a major power outage in Claremorris this afternoon.

    Over 1300 customers are without electricity in the Claremorris area since around 11.30 this morning.

    According to ESB Powercheck, supply should be restored around 3pm today.

  • There is a major power outage in the Glenamaddy, Ballindine and Ballyhaunis areas this afternoon.

    Over 2,500 ESB customers are affected and it’s anticipated that they should have power restored by 4.15pm this afternoon.

  • High winds have left 1,700 homes and businesses without power this morning, mostly in the west of the country.

    An ESB spokeswoman said the outages represented a normal winter's day for the service, but she said the 'tail end of high winds' had had an impact on power lines.

    Crews from ESB Networks were prepared for storm winds and are now working to restore power today.

    There are customers without power today in the Carrowbeg area of Westport as well as pockets of Charletsown and Claremorris.

    The ESB say they hope to have power restored by lunchtime today.

  • A Mayo Fine Gael Senator has appealed to Bord na Mona and the ESB to talk directly to the residents living near the Oweninny wind farm and accept the principle that those communities living closest to the turbines should receive special benefits.

    Senator Mulherin says while the operational fund of €232,000 per annum for community benefit projects is welcome, it is a pre-requisite that Bord na Mona and ESB accept the principle that those communities living closest to the wind turbines should benefit in a special and particular way.

    Senator Mulherin was reacting to letters she has received from the project's joint developers, Bord na Mona and the ESB, in response to her representations calling for a financial acknowledgment for those living directly beside the 29 wind turbines which are due to start producing electricity in 2019.

    She says it is not good enough for ESB and Bord na Mona to pass the buck over to the Council by stating that they have asked Mayo County Council to commence the establishment of this fund as soon as possible. She says as the developers they should be to the fore in resolving this issue with the concerned residents on the ground. Mayo County Council is not stopping them from doing so.

    Senator Mulherin says that the community living near Owenniny are frustrated and disappointed to date that this is not being recognised in their dealings with and the response of these two State companies. 

  • More than 2000 customers are without electricity in the Enniscrone/Quay area of Ballina today.

    ESB Powercheck is indicating a large fault which is stretching from the Ballina area to Enniscrone, where the majority of the outages are.

    According to the ESB it will be around 6.30pm this evening before power is restored to most of the areas affected.


  • More than 700 households and businesses in the Crossmolina area are without electricity this morning.

    A fault occurred on the line just before 8am.

    According to the ESB’s powercheck website, crews are working on the fault and it’s expected that the supply will be restored by 11.30 this morning.

    A fault has also occurred on the line at Swinford, where 19 households have lost supply this morning.

    Again the ESB says crews are working on the repairs and it’s hoped to have the service restored at 11.30am.

  • There are over 780 ESB Customers without power today in the Claremorris area.

    ESB say supply is down due to a technical fault and expect to have power restored by 6.15pm this evening.

  • A power cut is affecting around 74 homes and businesses in the Ballinrobe and surrounding areas this morning.

    According to ESB Powercheck around 74 customers are without power since around 10pm last night.

    The estimated restoration time is 1pm today.

  • A power outage in the Swinford area this morning is affecting over 240 customers.

    ESB Networks has confirmed that work is underway to repair a fault in the Swinford area, and are hoping to reconnect power supplies by 2pm this afternoon.