5 days of power cuts wreak havoc across Ireland in 1991.

ESB electricians went on strike for 5 days in 1991, causing power cuts throughout Ireland in a dispute over a pay and productivity deal. The ESB was the sole provider of electricity in Ireland at the time, and the strike shut down almost half of the country’s power plants, leaving electricity supplies 30% below what they should have been.

Jim Fahy reports from rural Ireland, where shops are depending on gas lamps for light and the farmers are particularly angry at the prospect of throwing out uncooled milk. Michael Kelly and John Fox say their livelihood is being torn to bits by those who have a good wage.  Another farmer says his sow’s newborn piglets died because of that morning’s power cut.