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Dáil Éireann debate -
Wednesday, 7 May 1969

Vol. 240 No. 5

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Rural Electrification.


asked the Minister for Transport and Power when electricity supply will be extended to the following areas, Tullyard, Steeplestown, North Commons and to Kilbride in the Trim, Meath district.

I am informed by the ESB that the townlands in question are in the board's Dunderry rural area which has already been recanvassed under the rural electrification post development scheme. However, as the canvass was carried out before the revised special service charges were introduced last year it is necessary to quote revised terms.

The board hope to have this done shortly and to commence construction work in the Dunderry rural area, and the adjoining Liscarton rural area, in about two months time and supply will then be extended to all householders who accept the terms quoted and have their houses wired.


asked the Minister for Transport and Power if he will reconsider the applications of many farmers for ESB supply now instead of after a period of three years when other development programmes will be complete.

I am informed by the Electricity Supply Board that it is their policy to deploy the resources available for connecting new rural consumers on the basis of an orderly programme, planned and executed on a rational basis. Only in this way can the overall cost, and the cost of individual connections, be kept within reasonable limits, though it necessarily involves a wait for many applicants, including farmers, until their areas are reached under the programme. It is clearly impossible for the board to connect immediately all who are seeking supply.