Cribbin calls for Bord na Mona executive to meet Offaly councillors

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Cribbin calls for Bord na Mona executive to meet Offaly councillors

Cribbin calls for Bord na Mona executive to meet Offaly councillors

An Offaly County Councillor has called on executives at Bord na Mona to meet elected members of the local authority to make their long-term plans clear to the locality.

The call comes after the company announced a raft of redundancies, including 150 job losses before April 2019. Up to 430 jobs will go at Bord na Mona over the next ten years as they phase out peat production by 2028.

"Firstly, we need to know what plans are in place for the highly qualified staff, whether Bord na Mona will retrain them, will they work with other State agencies in and semi-State bodies like Bus Éireann, CIE, Aer Lingus and so on," Cllr Cribbin said.

"Perhaps they could relocate their works from overcrowded sites and transfer their workshop to BNM workshops where some are only 40 minutes from central Dublin," he added.

"Also of concern to me is the Bord's plans for the future," Cllr Cribbin added.

Bord na Mona indicated that their decarbonisation plan has the potential to create 400-500 jobs in the Midlands in the medium term. They have also brought forward their deadline to cease peat production from 2030 to 2028, saying that 75% of energy generated by the company will be renewable by 2020, up from 10% in 2010.

Their levels of peat production continue to fall sharply, dropping from 6.5 million tonnes in 2013 to two million by 2020.

"While all of these announcements sound great, I feel strongly that they should be explained fully to the local public representatives. Are they going to turn the Midlands into a mass of wind farms and the recycling dump lands of Ireland? Cribbin pondered.

"It’s for this reason that I call on BNM to meet myself and my fellow local public representatives and explain their plans going forward," he concluded.