Bord na Mona decision adds to local economic gloom
Denis Naughten TD has called on Minister Richard Bruton to issue a clear statement on the practical steps he is taking to secure employment for Bord na Mona & ESB workers facing the likelihood of not being able to return to work after the Covid-19 crisis.
“The decision by Bord na Mona to lay off 230 staff, following on from the shut down of Lanseboro & Shannonbridge power stations, has huge implications for job retention right across the region and we need to hear from Minister Bruton,” stated Denis Naughten.
“I understand that Minister Bruton is already acting on ‘immediate measures’ outlined in a draft report he received from the Just Transition Commissioner, Mr. Kieran Mulvey. But what are these ‘immediate measures’?
Workers & their families across the Midlands need answers from Minister Bruton on what is happening and what has happened in the last two weeks since he received notice of the closure of the West Offaly power plant.
“I understand that some of the measures outline by Mr. Kieran Mulvey require cross-government support and if that is the case, this needs to be brought to Cabinet as a matter of urgency.
“While everybody across Ireland is understandably concerned about businesses being closed as a result of Covid-19, we now have a situation in the Midlands where there may be no work for hundreds of Bord na Mona and ESB staff once the current restrictions are lifted.
“My fear is that this issue, while a priority before Christmas, will be brushed under the carpet after the Covid crisis. The present situation is extremely serious and we need answers now from the Minister on this vital issue,” concluded Denis Naughten.