Newbridge residents have electricity restored

ESB crews are working to repair a fault which iniitally left 15,000 homes without electricity across a swathe of Counties Kildare and Offaly today.

ESB crews are working to repair a fault which iniitally left 15,000 homes without electricity across a swathe of Counties Kildare and Offaly today.

A significant number of homes in the Newbridge area were left without power at 11.30 am but supply was restored within an hour.

An ESB spokesman told the Leader that the cause of the outage was traced to a cable between two Newbridge substations.

Crews have been working to identify and repair the problem, which occurred at substations in Morristown (Newbridge), Blake (Newbridge) and Edenderry soon after 11 am.

Some 8,000 residences still have no electricity but this is expected to be restored by 2pm today.

“Initially 15,000 homes were affected but that number has been fluctuating and as the crews get through the work it will fall,” ESB representative Kieran O’Neill told the Leader at noon.

He said it was not necessarily an unusual event for 3 sub stations to fail simultaneously.

- Paul O’Meara