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Leo Varadkar confident Ireland will avoid blackouts this winter but “nobody can guarantee it”

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said he is confident Ireland will avoid electricity blackouts this winter, but said “nobody can guarantee it”.

Earlier this week, EirGrid released a report which said Ireland could experience electricity supply shortfalls over the next five winters.

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EirGrid chief Mark Foley said: “We expect system alerts to be a feature of the system over the coming winters and this winter is likely to be challenging”.

In the Dáil, Michael Healy-Rae asked Leo Varadkar: “Can you guarantee me that we won’t have a situation where people won’t be cold and in danger in their own homes where there is an over-reliance on electricity?”

Varadkar replied: “I’ve had a chance over the last couple of days to study the presentations that EirGrid and the Commission for the Regulation of Utilities has provided government.”

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“Having looked at those presentations I am confident that we will avoid blackouts and brownouts this winter, but nobody can guarantee it for certain because there are certain factors that are outside of our control.”

“There has been increased demand and some of the anticipated new power stations have not been developed as planned.”

The Fine Gael leader said there is a short-term immediate risk to the supply of electricity in Ireland.

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