Full investigation into gas supply incident to be held as some houses in Galway back on stream

Update 9.20pm: The independent energy safety regulator, the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) has confirmed that a full investigation into the causes behind non-odourised gas being introduced into the local gas network in the Galway and Mayo Area will take place.

The CER has said that the first priority is to restore odourised gas to the affected areas.

In a statement it went on: "The CER is actively involved in the Gas Emergency Response Team under the Natural Gas Emergency Plan.

"The membership includes Gas Networks Ireland (GNI), the Department of Communications, Climate Change and Environment (DCCAE) and the other relevant network operators."

 

Earlier: Householders can use gas again tonight in Galway City, Oranmore, Salthill and Claregalway.

Gas Networks Ireland say teams are working flat out to ensure that other affected areas have their supplies restored across the weekend.

It follows a technical fault at the Corrib Gas Refinery, which allowed gas to enter supplies, without the odour which is normally added for safety reasons.

Around 10 thousand homes in Galway and Mayo were affected.

Shell to Sea Spokesperson Maura Harrington told Midwest Radio no one paid attention to them when they raised concerns over the Corrib project.

"And then when something like this happens they try to bring it back to looking after our health and safety. How dare they."


Related Articles

IVF age limit plans described as ’unfair’

American footballer accused of sexism following response to a female reporter’s question

Parenthood should not define you, says Dame Helen Mirren

No winner of €6m lotto jackpot but one lucky punter won €250k

More in this Section

Delay to Dublin Metro North will cost city jobs and investment, according to city chamber

Ireland ‘will not qualify’ for EU financial help to cope with Ophelia aftermath

Man charged with manslaughter following Fermanagh crash

Climate Action Week begins following two-day delay due to Storm Ophelia


Today's Stories

Ophelia leaves 74,000 Co Cork homes without power

Fr Peter McVerry: ‘Evictions are a return to famine times’

Where, when and how to get to Ireland's World Cup play-off against Denmark

Drunken brawl was ‘bit of a storm in a teacup’

Lifestyle

Remembering the dead: Poignant reason behind Cork’s Zombie Walk

Eight events around Ireland to check out for some frightful fun this Halloween

Massacre at mass on Scariff Island

Ask Audrey: 'It’s like I’m in a horror movie called Revenge of the Norries'

More From The Irish Examiner