• 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.

  • Jamesie Maughan of Castlebar Foroige club was presented with the award for ESB Best Steam Project at the 2019 ESB Creative Tech Fest, which took place in the Convention Centre Dublin on Wednesday.

    The young Castlebar man’s 'Steam Caravan' work earned him the award which was presented by Marguerite Sayers, Executive Director ESB and President of Engineers Ireland.

    Over 500 young people, aged between 10 and 18, from 50 youth groups across Ireland, attended the bilingual event which celebrates the innovation, creativity and collaboration of young people who participate in TechSpace hubs in local organisations and schools across Ireland.

    The awards, hosted by Jess Kelly of Tech Talk on Newstalk, honoured winners in the areas of Creative Computer Science, Digital Creativity and STEAM.

  • 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”.




  • Around 2,400 homes, farms and businesses nationally are without power this morning following Storm Dennis.

    The ESB says it's working to restore power to customers this morning - the majority of whom lost supply after 9pm last night.

    It includes areas of Swinford and  Castlebar in county Mayo , and Salthill and Kilcolgan in county Galway.

    All weather warnings have now been lifted after a weekend of heavy rain and strong winds.

     Large areas of land remain flooded across the region.

  • Hundreds of households and businesses in the Westport area lost power this morning.

    A number of faults occurred in the area, leaving customers without a supply since about 20 to eight this morning, that service is set to be restored about 11.15am.

    While other customers lost their supply within the past hour (10am) in the Westport area, the ESB says it hopes to have that service restored by 1pm today.

  • 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.




  • Up Up to 12 ESB workers, members of the Independent Workers’ Union, are protesting with placards at the entrance to the ESB site in Castlebar today.

    They are part of a national action by more than 500 network technicians (NTs)  at ESB who are undertaking a placard protest, claiming that they’re not being properly consulted by the company about the outsourcing of work.

    The Independent Workers’ Union began a work-to-rule over the Bank Holiday weekend.

    David Corbett a NT in Castlebar spoke to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley about why they are taking  the action




    The ESB is advising householders across the region not to overload electrical sockets in their house over the Christmas period.

    People are being asked to check for frayed wires or loose connections around decorations in their home.

    The electricity network is also asking people not to use ESB poles to hang outdoor Christmas lights - as the electricity wires overhead are live and extremely dangerous.

    Arthur Byrne, ESB Networks Safety Manager says the main mistake people make at Christmas  is plugging too many plug tops into one socket using adaptors and extension leads.

  • 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.



  • Motorists are being advised to drive with extreme caution this morning following storm force winds overnight.

    There are reports of fallen trees in a number of counties in the west and midlands.

    A status orange wind warning was in place for Mayo and Galway for a time last night, with trees and debris on many roads.

    Mayo County Council and Galway City Council says crews worked overnight clearing flooding and debris, and have been joined by additional crews since 5am.

    Both local authorities are urging the public to watch out for branches, debris and spot flooding on all roads.

    Wind and rain in the Salthill area of Galway resulted in flooding, with emergency crews working overnight in affected areas.

    Hundreds of householders are without power this morning across the west this morning.

    ESB crews are working to repair the faults.

    A full assessment of any damage caused by the storm conditions will be undertaken this morning by Mayo County Council and updates will issued as appropriate.

  • 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 across Roscommon this afternoon.

    ESB crews have been mobilised to restore power to over 12,000 customers in Roscommon town, Ballygar and Glenamaddy.

    A spokesperson for the ESB says a fault fed through the network in Athlone has caused the outage.

    The areas affected include Roscommon town, Ballygar and Glenamaddy.

  • There is a major power outage in the Ballina area this afternoon.

    There are 3,935 ESB Customers without power today.

    ESB say they are currently working to repair the fault and hope to have power restored to all affected customers by 6pm this evening.

  • 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.