Friday December 6, 2019

Ministers visit workers at ESB plants facing closure

ESB says 'no viable business model beyond 2020' for Shannonbridge and Lanesboro

Daniel Murray

Business Reporter

12th November, 2019
Richard Bruton, was joined by ministerial colleagues Kevin Moran, Josepha Madigan and Paschal Donohoe. Picture: Eamonn Farrell/

Cabinet ministers travelled to the midlands yesterday to meet workers affected by the planned closure of two ESB peat-fuelled power plants.

The ESB announced on Friday that the plants in Shannonbridge, Co Offaly and Lanesboro, Co Longford would cease to operate at the end of next year. The closures are the result of tightening environmental requirements and unsuccessful attempts to convert the electricity generators to use alternative low-carbon fuels.

Richard Bruton, the environment minister, was...

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