Dublin Gas Company prepares to supply natural gas to homes in the region.

The supply of natural gas from Kinsale to Dublin depends on the ability of the Dublin Gas Company to distribute the gas safely and economically. It also depends on the availability of appliances equipped to use natural gas.

Ireland's first natural gas supply went into production in Kinsale in 1978. It would be a number of years before the new energy source would arrive in Dublin.

Dublin consumers could be getting natural gas by 1983. But at first, it will have to be made suitable for existing appliances.

Eventually, the Dublin Gas Company plans to convert all appliances and phase out the old gas works.

Natural gas is very cheap but it is not yet known at what price the government will let the customer have it. To make use of natural gas, sales will have to increase four-fold and that would mean that it would have to be cheaper than oil or electricity. Gas prices in Cork are up to a third cheaper than in Dublin. Pricing for natural gas will have to be worked out between the government and the Dublin Gas Company.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 16 October 1981. The reporter is Brendan Keenan.