Wednesday August 12, 2020

Time running out for Dempsey

After almost ten years in power, the government’s decision to publish a White Paper on energy, which proposes the partial break-up of the ESB, just weeks before a general election, could be seen as either fearless or foolhardy.

24th March, 2007

The trade unions at the electricity supply firm have the power to turn off the lights in Ireland, and the odds-on bet was that the government would not interfere with the ESB in the countdown to polling day. Instead, it was thought that the government would opt for the safer route outlined in the energy Green Paper last October, which focused on renewable energy targets. That would have had the added benefit of pulling the...

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