Meeting with Minister Bruton over future for Bord na Móna workers

I met with Minister Bruton on Wednesday with cross party colleagues from 5 counties about our dismay in relation to the Bord Pleanala decision on Shannonbridge, and the need for just transition for Bord na Mona workers.

According to Minister Bruton, the Government is seeking to develop a pathway for workers and their families. The refusal of permission to keep burning peat past 2020 at the power station came as a major shock to workers who thought the station would be burningpeat until 2027 when it makes the transition to biomass fuel. We are all concerned about climate change and becoming a greener economy, but diversification into renewables needs a coherent plan and decent provisions for workers in the peat harvesting industry.