Calls for urgent attention to be given to Lanesboro and Ballyleague on the back of the closure of Lough Ree Power Station, especially when it comes to replacing jobs lost have been made.
Speaking on the Climate Action Bill in the Dáil on Thursday last Sinn Féin TD for Roscommon/Galway Claire Kerrane called noted that “those at the coalface of the move to Brown to Green such as the communities of Lanesboro and Ballyleague are seeing no action on the ground. They are already feeling left behind.
“I recently met with Members of the Lanesboro & Ballyleague Collaboration Group who are concerned that despite all of the talk, nothing is actually happening.
“Such a blow to a community that has prospered due to Lough Ree Power Station for decades cannot be underestimated and now is the time for immediate supports and investment.
“Replacing jobs lost at Lough Ree must be a short term objective for this Government.
“While peat production here is being wound down, workers have lost their jobs, families have lost their livelihoods and all for Climate Action, we have a situation where peat briquettes are being imported into Ireland from as far away as Germany, this is absolute madness.”