Decision to reject West Offaly project is a devastating blow to whole region – Naughten

In Business & Jobs, News by Denis Naughten

Taoiseach must convene emergency Cabinet Sub Committee meeting today


Local TD, Denis Naughten has described the decision by An Bord Pleanála to refuse planning permission for the West Offaly Power Station to burn biomass as a “devastating blow to whole region, which completely undermines plans for a ‘Just Transition’ away from peat production to sustainable long term local jobs”.

“This decision has far reaching implications for 1000’s of jobs and families across the midland Counties and the very first step that must now be taken is to protect the existing jobs pending a full assessment of the implications of the refusal to extend planning for the West Offaly Power Station”.

“The Taoiseach must today convene an emergency meeting of Cabinet Sub Committee A on the economy to come forward with proposals to be presented to the full Cabinet later this week, to secure local jobs in the short term, while the current road map for the transition away from peat is re-evaluated” said Denis Naughten.