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Ministers To Meet Workers Affected By Midlands Power Station Closures

Niall Colbert
Niall Colbert

6:22 AM - 11 Nov 2019



A team of Government Ministers is to meet with workers affected by the decision to close 2 power station in the midlands.

Last week it was announced that the Lanesboro and Shannonbridge sites are set to close.

They will stop producing electricity by late 2020.

Up to 90 workers are affected by the decision.

The ESB had submitted an application to An Bord Pleanála last year, seeking planning permission to transition the West Offaly plant from peat to biomass over a number of years - starting in 2020.

This planning application was rejected in July of this year.

The Government has recently announced the creation of a €6m transition fund for the midlands.

Environment Minister Richard Bruton will be among the government delegation to travel to the midlands today.

He'll sit down with workers along with local TD Kevin Boxer Moran, Minister for Culture and Heritage Josepha Madiagan and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe.

Minister Richard Bruton says "The government is absolutely determined to show commitment to a just transition"

"We want to sit down with workers and wider interests in the midlands region to discuss how we're going to manage this - how we're going to achieve a just-transition".



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