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The risk of getting COVID-19 is now part of our daily lives, and will remain so for the foreseeable future.

We are all vulnerable to this virus and some people, particularly those over 70 and the medically vulnerable, are at greater risk of becoming severely ill.

These guidelines are designed to help you make decisions to minimise this risk as we learn to live with the virus.

If you have any symptoms, stay at home and immediately call your GP.

Risk factors for getting COVID-19
Distance – The risk of getting COVID-19 increases as the distance between you and others gets smaller. Keep 2 metres apart where possible.

Activity – How you spend time with people and what you do with them can increase your risk. Follow the advice in this booklet when spending time with others.

Time – The more time you spend in close contact with other people can increase your risk of getting COVID-19. Keep track of who you spend time with and how.

Environment – Being outdoors is safer than being indoors. Where possible meet with others outdoors. If this is not possible, keep windows and doors open when meeting others inside.

Know about the disease – Check the virus like you check the weather. Know if COVID-19 is in your community and how it is spreading. Regularly check gov.ie/covid19dashboard.
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Today’s Fingal Independent has an article on the recent series of power cuts in the area. ...

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Press statement – repeated electricity outages on the peninsula

An urgent solution to repeated power outages on the Donabate peninsula is being sought by the community council in the area.

A letter has been sent by Donabate Portrane Community Council to ESB boss Pat O’Doherty seeking a meeting to find out why there are so many power outages on the peninsula.

There have been a number of outages in the last two years.

These are particularly problematic at the moment with so many people required to work from home during the pandemic.

The timing and duration of these outages is random, and can last up to around two hours.

In the letter, the ESB chief executive is told the population of the area has grown steadily in the last 20 years and is expected to double in the next decade.

The letter states: “General infrastructural shortcomings have very much been a hot topic here, but the deteriorating reliability of our electrical supply has now become a major concern to all, particularly if this is exacerbated by further growth in the area.”

Donabate Portrane Community Council said in its letter it has a high regard for the ESB, especially for the way it responds to nationwide power outages in times of extreme weather.

However, the letter says the increasing frequency of the recurring outages, the sheer disruption and inconvenience these cause has become intolerable.

“We have received many complaints from members of our community and indeed our entire committee knows first-hand what these difficulties are through experience,” the letter says.

The community council called on the network operator to immediately investigate why there are so many power outages.

The meeting also calls for the ESB to agree to meet the community council. The meeting could be conducted online to ensure social distancing.

Donabate Portrane Community Council said the constant electricity outages were one of the reasons it has repeatedly called for a temporary halt to new planning permissions until the infrastructure in the area is upgraded so it can cope with new developments.

It called on Fingal County Council and An Bord Pleanála to give strong consideration to the chronic infrastructure deficits in the area when considering planning applications.
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Yet another electricity outage

In what is the final week of the primary school year, one like no other in living memory, families across the peninsula of Donabate and Portrane were yet again let down by the infrastructure that can no longer cope.

Yet again the peninsula experienced an electricity power supply interruption this morning. This is a constant problem, and underscores the repeated calls by Donabate Portrane Community Council for a temporary halt to new planning permissions until the infrastructure in the area is upgraded so it can cope with new developments.

In March when the school children were in their last days of going into school, there were repeated burst water mains. This meant that the children were sent home early from school as they couldn’t wash their hands, the advice at the time emphasised the importance of hand hygiene.

As the pandemic progressed, schools and businesses were shuttered.

We all had to adapt to a strange new world. For the children this meant weekly emails from their teachers detailing all their schoolwork. Access to the internet is now vital so that the work can be completed and sent back to the teachers.

The disruption caused by the pandemic has caused significant uncertainty. The disruption to the power supply is unacceptable.

In the final school week of a very strange school year, the families of the peninsula deserve better than yet another disruption to vital services, don’t they!?
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