John Walsh: Ireland will not have energy security until it faces some unpopular truths

With the issue becoming ever more urgent, our leaders can’t afford to shirk difficult choices on alternative sources such as offshore wind and liquified natural gas to ensure a stable power supply

24th October, 2021
John Walsh: Ireland will not have energy security until it faces some unpopular truths
The Arklow offshore wind farm has planning permission to produce 520 megawatts of electricity, yet is only currently producing 25 megawatts: in time, wind has the potential to form a substantial part of the mix of Ireland’s overall energy needs

A number of years ago, when RTÉ’s Prime Time programme was flirting with audience participation, there was a lively studio debate on Ireland’s energy policy. Oil and gas seem to tap into a latent neurosis in the Irish psyche, as the discussion soon descended into conspiracy theories and mutual recriminations.

One audience member declaimed loudly that there was €200 billion of fossil fuels lying off the coast of Ireland, which...

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