Gas Networks Ireland suspends non-essential operations

Gas Networks Ireland, the owner and operator of Ireland’s gas transmission and distribution network today announced that it has ceased certain non-essential operations.

In light of the Covid-19 outbreak and in line with advice from the HSE and Government, the company and its contractors has ceased all non-essential activity requiring access to occupied properties. 

Today’s announcement does not include works targeted at the continued operation of the gas network, gas emergency work or essential support for vulnerable customers.

Denis O’Sullivan, Managing Director, Gas Networks Ireland said, "We are coordinating closely with Government to ensure we do what we can to help contain the spread of COVID-19.   This decision will not impact on our nation’s gas supply, nor on our ability to respond to emergency scenarios or serve the needs of vulnerable customers.

Beyond these measures, all other operations, particularly those aimed at ensuring ongoing security of supply remain unaffected.  We have robust and tested procedures in place to maintain security of gas supply to our customers and to ensure that staff and customer welfare is protected."

Included in the non-essential works being suspended are: non-essential meter replacement, reading of meter located within a dwelling and non-essential service connections. 

All Gas Networks Ireland emergency services continue to operate as normal.  If you smell gas in your home or on the street, please call 1800 20 50 50 immediately.