150 Jobs At Risk In North Midlands

Written 1 week ago by Newsroom


Bord Na Móna is to lay off 78 seasonal employees at its power plant at Lough Ree in Longford.

Meanwhile, 70 permanent employees will be put on temporary unpaid lay-off from next Thursday.

The ESB last week confirmed that the station is to remain off load for an undefined period of time.

The decision was taken because of legal proceedings against the plant taken by the Environmental Protection Agency.

A spokesman for the company says it “will provide regular updates to all employees.”

A statement from Bord Na Mona read as follows:

The ESB confirmed on Friday 5th July 2019 that their peat fired power station at Lanesboro, Co Longford, Lough Ree Power (LRP) will remain off load for an undefined period of time. The reason for the power station to remain offload is that it is experiencing difficulties in complying with its environmental licence obligations (relating to thermal plume). The return to service of the power station is dependent on a decision on the environmental licence review from the EPA.

 

This unforeseen event has a direct and adverse impact for Bord na Móna Energy operations at Mountdillon including peat supply, bog operations and maintenance.  Since Sunday July 7th there is no requirement to supply any peat to LRP and the Energy business unit has no option but to take the decision to cease all operations at Mountdillon works and place all impacted employees on protective notice effective immediately.

 

Approximately seventy permanent employees will be put on temporary unpaid lay-off from Thursday July 18th 2019 and this will continue until LRP returns to normal operations. Seventy eight seasonal employees will also be placed on lay-off immediately. The company will provide regular updates to all employees.

 

The Company acknowledges the difficulties and impact that this will have on employees and their families and a meeting has been arranged with the Group of Unions for Friday July 12th to work through this process and review all options. It is unfortunate that the Company has had to take this course of action and looks forward to a resolution of the issues at the earliest opportunity.