Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Questions (379)

Denis Naughten


379. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the date for his forthcoming meeting with the chief executives of the ESB and Bord na Móna to set out a future direction for a power station (details supplied) following the refusal of planning by An Bord Pleanála; when he last held a meeting with each chief executive on the issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40783/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

I met the Chief Executives of ESB and Bord na Móna on 26 July 2019 following the An Bord Pleanála decision with regard to West Offaly Power Station. My officials are in ongoing contact with both companies as options are evaluated. I intend to meet with the CEOs of both companies in the coming period.

A Just Transition for regions impacted by climate change is an integral part of the Climate Action Plan. In response to the challenges arising from the exit from peat extraction for energy consumption, a whole of Government response is being prepared to ensure a Just Transition for the Midlands and the for Bord na Mona employees impacted.