P O W E R outages that have frustrated business owners and residents in the Ashbourne, Kilmoon, Ardcath and Garristown areas have been addressed by Thomas Byrne, TD.
Having met ESB representatives last summer, where he had been assured that substantial improvements would be made to the local electricity network, Deputy Byrne held a second meeting with ESB Networks to discuss the matter on Friday.
"In terms of the current status of the work that ESB committed to undertake, they have advised me that the installation of all the additional reclosers/smart switches are complete and all have been commissioned and are fully operational, as committed to me last summer.
An intelligent RMU (ring main unit) device has been installed in Ashbourne town itself, this is very new technology and is the first of ten of these devices brought into the country for installation by ESB Networks.
This will be commissioned and operational before the end of February and will help improve fault segregation in Ashbourne town. This device alone costs €30k.
"In December, ESB Networks completed a significant amount of refurbishment on the Borranstown line to Garristown outside Ashbourne.
"ESB Networks have also plans to refurbish a small but important section of line south of Ashbourne.
However, the timing of the refurbishment of this line has been deferred until a winter crop is harvested in April and this seems reasonable.
"The ESB officials that I met were keen to assure all customers in and around Ashbourne that they are actively working to provide the high level of quality of supply that they provide all customers and will be managing this situation closely into the foreseeable future.
I am pleased that the commitments they gave me last summer have largely been delivered on and this hopefully will mean normal electricity supply in Ashbourne with little or no blackouts" concluded Deputy Byrne.