BIG BLACKOUT

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More than 1000 homes were in darkness across Inishowen yesterday morning in one of the biggest blackouts the peninsula has seen in a long time.

As many people were waking up on Monday morning to get ready for work and send the children to school, they discovered their electricity supply had been turned off without any warning.

One Inishowen mother who contacted the ‘Journal’ was horrified.

“This is the last thing you need when you get up in the morning. It can be hectic enough trying to get up get yourself ready and send the kids to school without having no electricity on top of things. It was crazy.”

The blackout lasted approximately five hours before the supply was finally restored.

A spokesperson for the ESB confirmed the blackout was unexpected and that all homes were fully restored by midday yesterday.

“The electricity supply went out at 7am yesterday morning in the Inishowen area and it remained out until noon. More than 1000 ESB customers were affected

The spokeperson said the blackout was due to a “fault in the line” on the ESB network and said the engineers worked as quickly as they could to restore the power supply to the public.

The mother, who lives in the Quigley’s Point area, described the situation as “totally ridiculous”

“I’m glad power is back on now, but it’s just not on that there would be a “line fault” at that time of the day. It should have been caught sooner than it.

“People pay enough money and they rely on the service that the ESB provide and for the supply to remain off for five hours at the busiest time of the day is unacceptable.”

The Quigley’s Point woman said she noticed several businesses closed when she was on her way to work.

“Now it’s just not fair that a business can’t open for five hours due to problem with the electricity supplier. Businesses in Inishowen are finding it tough enough to get by these days never mind the added stress of electricity being switched off.

“In particular it was a couple of petrol stations who appeared to be closed which is a shame as you would imagine the morning when people are heading off to Derry or Letterkenny to work would be one of the busiest times of the day.”

The young working mother said she would be very would be extremely disappointed should something like this happen again as she claimed it was a “major inconvenience” for many people in Inishowen yesterday morning.