Local TD Denis Naughten has again raised the need for support for Bord na Mona staff and new job opportunities for the midland Counties in Dáil Eireann.
Denis Naughten pointed out that the public service obligation finishes for Lough Ree Power on the 9th of December and for West Offaly on the 31st of December next. He also informed Minister Richard Bruton that the company is currently borrowing money on a day-to-day basis to pay staff
We are now facing and economic catastrophe across the middle of Ireland in just 53 days time with the loss of 2000 direct jobs and another 2000 jobs that are dependent on these employees
On foot of that I asked Minister Bruton to
- Provide reassurance to seasonal staff in Bord na Mona that there will be work for them next year.
- Provide a clear un-ambiguous statement from government reiterating its support for the co-firing of the two plants with peat & biomass.
- That he immediately call in the chief executive of both Bord na Mona and the ESB to get absolute clarity set on the intention to submit a new planning application for West Offaly and to deal with the 3 million tonnes of milled peat that are on the bogs
See the full debate at: https://youtu.be/9qTjeOtDniQ