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wired Eir issues alert as copper wire and cabling theft disrupts broadband and emergency systems

The company is asking the public in the Louth and Monaghan areas to be vigilant

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The thieves made off with 12km of cabling (FILE PHOTO)

The thieves made off with 12km of cabling (FILE PHOTO)

The thieves made off with 12km of cabling (FILE PHOTO)

The telecommunication company Eir has said the theft of copper wire and cabling in recent months is having an impact on telephone lines and broadband, as well as emergency medical alert systems.

The company issued a statement following the theft of 12km of copper wire and cabling and appealed to the public to report suspicious activity.

It says almost 1,000 people, living in rural locations, as well as homes and communities in the East Louth and South Monaghan areas, have been impacted in the last six months by a spate of thefts.

Eir says this has resulted in local residents losing not only their telephone lines and broadband but connected services including emergency medical alert systems.

It's asking the public in the Louth and Monaghan areas to be vigilant and says the open eir team does not work under the hours of darkness, unless there is an emergency.

In addition, an eir spokesperson has told LMFM News that most recently there have been 61 cases of cable theft - six of them in the Moynalty, Drumconrath and Lobinstown areas of Meath.

Anyone who notices suspicious activity - such as workers cutting cables during the hours of darkness - is urged not to approach them but contact their local Garda station.

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