Almost 25,000 homes without electricity following “significant faults” caused by Storm Emma 5 years ago

Almost 25,000 homes without electricity following “significant faults” caused by Storm Emma

ESB staff restored power to 83,000 homes in Ireland overnight.

24,000 homes and business were without electricity in Ireland on Friday morning following “significant faults” on ESB networks on Thursday night.


Adverse weather conditions caused by Storm Emma caused significant faults on ESB Networks, mainly in the eastern part of the country and in the greater Dublin area.

At the peak of the faults, 117,000 homes and businesses were without electricity.

ESB Networks operations staff rerouting power remotely from the ESB Control Centre restored power to 83,000 homes and businesses overnight, while on-call network technicians were dispatched, where it was safe to do so, to various ESB substations across Dublin to restore supply to additional customers.

The largest fault occurred at Ringsend 110kV station in Dublin, one of the bulk electricity supply points for the east and south of Dublin City at 1.30am on Friday morning.


As a result, electricity was lost in 90,000 homes and businesses in parts of the city, but supply has been restored to almost all those affected.

As of 6am on Friday morning, 24,000 homes and businesses throughout the country remained without power; ESB Networks staff are focussed on prioritising repairs as soon as it is safe and possible to do so to get electricity back to those affected.

Throughout the day on Friday, ESB Networks will be continuing to safely restore electricity to the homes and businesses without electricity and will be monitoring the weather, road and work conditions.

As part of the National Emergency Co-Ordination Group (NECG), ESB Networks are working with the emergency services to ensure the safety of the public during the storm and assistance for ESB Networks is being co-ordinated through this group.


Information on power outages and restoration times are available on, on Twitter @ESBNetworks or on the PowerCheck App for iPhone and Android devices.

If customers have no internet access, they are asked to please call 1850 372 999. Customers should have their MPRN available to access recorded information specific to their location.