A series of ongoing powercuts in the Aughrim, Avoca and surrounding areas over the last number of months have seen residents getting more and more frustrated with the lack of service from their national infrastructure provider.
Numerous residents have e-mailed and called ESB to both register their connection issues and seek clarity on what is happening and how the issue is being resolved. Having raised the issue with both ESB and a local TD back in January, local resident Steve Walsh shared the response that he received on his local community page.
The responding e-mail referred to ‘alot of work going on around the Aughrim/Annacurra area‘ as being one of the causes of the continuous outages and supply interruptions. The e-mail also provided a brief and somewhat vague mention that ‘ESB Networks has extensive planned works to upgrade the Networks around Aughrim/Annacurra in the coming months.’
Powercuts in the area have been plaguing residents for many years now but appear to be getting more frequent and erratic over the past 6 months with many reports of damage to domestic and business related equipment as a result. Continuous unscheduled outages have led to reports of unscheduled business closures, damaged water pumps and ongoing issues for those attempting to work from home. Concerns are mounting, particularly for residents where power supply is a neccesity for medical devices.
The faults have primarily been connected to the Kilmagig sub station in Avoca which as we write has a planned interruption affecting power supply to a small number of homes in the area today. The subject of many a planning debate and council discussion over the years as different remedies are proposed and subsequently parked.
The people of Aughrim, Avoca and the surrounding affected areas don’t just want answers, they need them.