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ESB Force Interests Station Plans Refused: & # 39; Devastating Bang & # 39; for Offaly as the future of 300 jobs not sure




Staff of the ESB ahead of the West Offaly Power Station.
Staff of the ESB ahead of the West Offaly Power Station.

Cormac McQuinn

The refusal of permission for the redesign of a turbine in other midlands has been described as a "destructive blow" for the region.

Bord Pleanála has refused permission for plans for the conversion of an EU plant at Shannonbridge Co Offaly to biomass.

The decision provides clarity for the future of 300 jobs at Bord NaMona and the EU.

Earlier Minister of the Environment Denis Naughten called the decision a & # 39; devastating blow to the entire region & # 39 ;.

He claimed that it & # 39; plans for & # 39; Just Transition & # 39; undergoes peat production to long-term sustainable employment & # 39;

The Independent TD called for a ministerial meeting to discuss the problem.

Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen said the decision should be made by the EU.

The Offaly TD said: "You can't close a shop for a whole industry that has provided employment for successive generations without first introducing proper alternatives and protecting the local economy."

He claimed it was government

"Very sleepy in & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; dragging their heels when setting up a transition forum".

Environmental Minister Richard Bruton said the plan decision is "disappointing" and the EU and Bord NaMona will evaluate it.

He said: & # 39; They should continue the problems that are being applied to show how & # 39; we can divine a future here.

"Obviously we are aware that we want to develop a roadmap for the diminishing use of peat and to create alternative work opportunities in the Midlands."

The EU wants to continue to burn peat at the plant while making biomass changes.

The planning application was opposed by the locals who are against the perpetual burning of peat.

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