chapter  11
20 Pages

Electricity for Social Development in Ireland

ByMichael J. Shiel

T HE FIRST POLE OF THE RURAL ELECTRIFICATION scheme in the Republic of Ireland was erected on November 5, 1946. It was a considerable act of faith on the part of such a small and impoverished country. But the ensuing results were dramatic, and Ireland’s rural electrifi cation program was offi cially completed in 1976 as a resounding success. In little more than 30 years, the number of connected rural consumers had grown from a few thousand to over a half million customers in 1976, extending service to even the most remote rural areas. The program amply justifi ed the faith of its initial planners and promoters.