Deputy Whitmore calls for urgent investigation into the frequent power outages in Rathdrum

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Deputy Jennifer Whitmore, Social Democrats TD for Wicklow has called on the ESB to investigate the frequent and lengthy outages in the Rathdrum area as a matter of urgency. 

Speaking today on the issue, Deputy Whitmore said: “Constituents from Rathdrum have contacted my office raising this issue. They have experienced upwards of 30 power outages over the past 14 months in the Rathdrum area with the latest outage occurring last Friday evening for a period of two hours. Over the past year and a half, these outages have lasted anywhere from one hour to two days with constituents saying that it has now reached the point where they are expecting the outages and are having to plan with that expectation in mind.”

“It is a totally unreasonable situation for the people of Rathdrum to have to endure. When outages of any duration occur, it has immediate adverse effects on people’s lives in many ways. Without a reliable power source, people’s health can be so negatively impacted. To have to endure this unreliability for over a year now is unacceptable, and especially so for medically vulnerable people.” 

“These relentless outages are also taking their toll on families, especially those with young children. The demands on a power source in a house with young children cannot be underestimated. Not knowing if there will be power when your children need to be fed, or when a baby needs a bottle causes a lot of unnecessary stress on parents. Not to mention the amount of waste with food spoiling in both fridges and freezers. The waste, in light of the exorbitant cost of living these days, is a crying shame.” 

Deputy Whitmore went on to say; “Frequent Power outages like those experienced by people in Rathdrum also have a massive impact on people’s ability to run businesses in the town,  or as is true with a lot of residents in Rathdrum,  to work from home. Not being able to rely on something as basic as power in your own home during the working week changes everything about how a person can approach their working week, or how a business can take a booking or complete a service.” 

“It is very clear that something is not working with the electricity infrastructure in Central Wicklow and I have contacted the ESB looking for clarity on the matter,” concludes Whitmore.


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