Around 13,000 homes and businesses remain without electricity tonight, as ESB crews try to repair lines damaged in the recent storms.

Areas with the most customers still without power are: Tralee, Dunmanway, Killarney, Fermoy, Newcastlewest, Tipperary and Enniscorthy.

The public has been warned to stay away from fallen lines.

ESB Networks also warned of the dangers of children playing outside during mid-term break.

Those using generators are being urged to observe the safety precautions and to ensure they do not connect a generator to a socket or distribution board.

Households still without power can check for updates at, or by calling 1850-372-999.

25,000 landlines are also still down due to problems with Eircom's phone and broadband network following the bad weather.

Cork County Council has lifted all but ten of the 81 boil water notices it had put in place on a precautionary basis last Thursday.

In Kerry, the local authority advises that boil water notices remain in place at five locations in the county - at Ardfert North and South, Lyreacrompane, Glenderry and Causeway.

Separately, a search continued today for one of two men missing from Kilcrohane in Co Cork since last Saturday week.

Coast guard teams from Castletownbere, Goleen and Castlefreake searched the shoreline.

More than 50 people took part in shore and sea searches yesterday.