Belfast Telegraph

Power outage hits central Dublin

Incidents at two construction sites sparked the cut.

A power outage hit central Dublin for several hours after underground electricity cables were interfered with at two construction sites.

ESB Networks said the incidents occurred at almost the same time after 11am in the Dawson Street/Grafton Street area and on the north quays.

The close contact with high power cables caused a transformer in the Temple Bar area to trip knocking out power to about 4,600 homes and businesses for several hours.

An ESB spokesman said no workers were injured in the incidents.

“But it serves as a reminder to construction workers that they should contact ESB networks before any digging begins,” he said.

It is understood the underground cables were not severed or broken during the incidents but once interfered with they caused a substation at Bedford Row to trip.

ESB Networks repair crews were dispatched and shut down power on the affected lines before declaring them safe within about two hours. All customers had supplies restored just after 3pm.

“Nobody was injured, that would be our main concern,” a spokesman said.

“But we apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Dublin City Council offices on Wood Quay, businesses and homes from Aston Quay and over to Dame Street and Christchurch, and on the northside over to Henry Street were all hit by the outage.

Traffic lights across the area were also put out.

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