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# esb - Saturday 11 August, 2018

'This is the James Bond style entrance': The ESB plant that's hidden deep inside a Wicklow mountain Deeper Underground This post contains videos

'This is the James Bond style entrance': The ESB plant that's hidden deep inside a Wicklow mountain

We were given a tour of the site’s reservoirs and tunnels to find out how it all works.

# esb - Saturday 28 July, 2018

Siptu 'expels hundreds of ESB members' for allegedly transferring from another union

550 workers left the electrical union Connect in March of 2017.

# esb - Tuesday 29 May, 2018

'They're not normal lakes or rivers': ESB warns people against swimming in reservoirs

They said unusual flows of water and uneven ground can lead to dangers for swimmers.

# esb - Friday 6 April, 2018

Both sides of referendum campaign asked not to put signs on electricity poles

ESB Networks asked campaigners in Eighth Amendment referendum to refrain from putting posters on poles for safety reasons.

# esb - Sunday 4 March, 2018

Thousands of homes still without water and power

Crews have been working through the night to restore service.

# esb - Saturday 3 March, 2018

Major progress made with reconnections, but 11,000 homes still without power in southeast

Electricity has been restored to 13,000 homes since 6am this morning.

# esb - Thursday 1 March, 2018

Thousands in Dublin without power as Storm Emma sweeps across the country

ESB is estimating that 8pm tomorrow is the soonest time that any power outages can be repaired.

Pay-as-you-go electricity customers won't be cut off during storm if they can't top up

Pinergy has extended its friendly hours until Tuesday and Electric Ireland said there are emergency measures if people are stuck.

# esb - Friday 23 February, 2018

Power restored for 26,000 ESB customers in Dublin

The fault also caused significant delays to train services.

# esb - Monday 19 February, 2018

Power restored after outages affect thousands in Dublin city centre

ESB Networks has been dealing with the issue.

# esb - Wednesday 31 January, 2018

The National Broadband Plan hangs in the balance as Eir 'reluctantly' quits the project

Only one firm is left in the running to build the long-delayed network.

# esb - Tuesday 2 January, 2018

ESB continues to work to restore power after 55,000 homes affected by Storm Eleanor

Met Éireann has issued three Status Orange wind warnings and two Status Yellow warnings.

# esb - Sunday 31 December, 2017

Hundreds of homes still without power as Storm Dylan passes through

The storm brought strong winds and high seas to parts of the country overnight.

# esb - Thursday 26 October, 2017

High Court action by ESB worker fired after being considered 'risk to national infrastructure' resolved

Graham Light said he was shocked and upset after he was fired from his role.

# esb - Friday 20 October, 2017

Trains to be suspended and power repairs put on hold as Storm Brian closes in

Thousands of homes across the country are still without power after Storm Ophelia landed on Monday.

High Court prevents dismissal of man after ESB considered him a 'risk to national infrastructure'

Graham Light said he was shocked and upset after he was fired from his role.

# esb - Thursday 19 October, 2017

Over 80% of homes and businesses that lost power in Storm Ophelia are back online

All emergency service and hospital facilities have been reconnected.

# esb - Tuesday 17 October, 2017

As it happened: The aftermath of Storm Ophelia is being assessed across the country Status Red This post contains videos

As it happened: The aftermath of Storm Ophelia is being assessed across the country

Here’s what you need to know about power outages, public transport and fallen trees.

# esb - Monday 16 October, 2017

Storm Ophelia: Households should prepare to be without power for a number of days

ESB is warning some households will be without power for up to 10 days.

# esb - Sunday 1 October, 2017

Photos: From fear to freedom - the story of electricity in Irish homes

A new exhibition, Electric Generations, looks at how electricity was sold to Irish people.

# esb - Sunday 24 September, 2017

ESB map shows when over 1,300 Irish towns, villages and parishes got electricity

Ireland’s network was the first fully integrated national electricity service in the world.

# esb - Friday 18 August, 2017

Dublin Fire Brigade tackles blaze at ESB hub in Milltown

The ESB has said it is working to restore power “quickly and safely”.

# esb - Saturday 29 July, 2017

Electric cars: Is Ireland, and the world, ready for them?

Britain has vowed to “end the sale of all conventional petrol and diesel cars” by 2040.

# esb - Friday 28 July, 2017

Eamon Ryan: 'Electric cars are about to go mainstream in a dramatic way'

We don’t make cars or batteries or charging stations but we can write the software and smart grid codes, writes Eamon Ryan.

# esb - Monday 1 May, 2017

Photos: Litter-picking turf-war at Blessington Lakes leaves locals frustrated

Wicklow County Council refuses to pick up rubbish collected by locals from ESB land around Blessington Lakes.

# esb - Thursday 27 April, 2017

ESB and Bord na Móna to develop solar power for 150,000 homes

Renewable energy in Ireland is currently predominantly generated from the wind.

# esb - Wednesday 11 January, 2017

Over 1,000 power outages following strong winds overnight and fire at Dublin substation

The disruptions have been reported in parts of Carlow, Kilkenny, Galway, Sligo and Cork.

# esb - Thursday 29 December, 2016

Almost 400 Dublin homes left without power overnight after sub station fire

It’s not known what caused the fire but vandalism has been ruled out.

# esb - Wednesday 28 December, 2016

Almost 400 homes left without power in west Dublin after ESB sub station fire

Dublin Fire Brigade worked with the ESB to make the scene safe a short time ago.

# esb - Tuesday 20 December, 2016

ESB to replace 27,000 meters that may be overcharging customers

It estimates that around 10% of these could be faulty.

# esb - Tuesday 13 December, 2016

'Government should have the final say on River Shannon water levels, not the ESB'

Fianna Fáil has a private member’s bill in the Dáil today calling for more flood protections.

# esb - Saturday 5 November, 2016

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Seventy years ago today, the social history of Ireland began changing forever

Almost two million people were without electricity in rural Ireland in 1946.

# esb - Thursday 27 October, 2016

WATCH: How highly-skilled divers and new technology restored electricity to the Aran Islands

An ESB undersea habitat was used to fix a fault in a 10.5 km power cable.

# esb - Thursday 13 October, 2016

QUIZ: How Sensible Are You?

See sense and take five minutes to take this quiz.

# esb - Sunday 2 October, 2016

Sputniks and brown bread: The story of one day during Ireland's rural electrification scheme

“What in God’s name will I do if that electric yoke won’t bake brown bread?”

# esb - Friday 16 September, 2016

Thousands left without power in Dublin after electricity fault

A power fault has affected an area in the northeast of the city, covering Donaghmede, Howth junction, Sutton, and into the Malahide Road area.

# esb - Monday 8 August, 2016

ESB restores power to the Aran Islands

A special generator will power the islands until the undersea cable is repaired.

# esb - Sunday 7 August, 2016

Two Aran Islands could be without power until tomorrow

The plan is to ship the generators today, but that may not be possible.

# esb - Saturday 23 July, 2016

Construction halted on Mayo power plant due to lack of funds

The biomass processing plant at Killala was only first given the greenlight in June 2015.

# esb - Saturday 4 June, 2016

Some important and timely advice from the ESB - don't swim in reservoirs

The changing levels and pace of the water make reservoirs high risk places to swim.