Farmers Angry at ESB Strike

EXHIBITION : STRIKES, PICKETS AND PROTESTS

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

  • Title
    ESB Strike Affects Agriculture
  • 1st Broadcast
    23/04/1991
  • Contributor
    Jim Fahy (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:01:37
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    Farmers Angry at ESB Strike
  • Extended description

    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.

     

  • Information

    A RTÉ News report on 23 April 1991. This edition of the news featured a series of reports from around Ireland on the effects of the ESB strike.
     

  • Local keywords
    Industrial disputes, Strikes, ESB, Power cuts, Farmers, Michael Kelly, John Fox, IFA
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Society and Social Issues
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    1991
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    BN91/113
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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