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Hundreds Of People Attend Protest In Offaly

It's after An Bord Pleanála refused the ESB permission to keep burning peat at the West Offaly Power Station.

Bord na Móna workers marched in Co Offaly today demanding the government make good on the promise of a "just transition" to alternative jobs. 

It's after An Bord Pleanála refused the ESB permission to keep burning peat at the West Offaly Power Station last summer, saying the plan to burn biomass was unsustainable. 

The plant was supplied with peat from the Bord na Móna bogs surrounding Shannonbridge - but will be forced to shut down by the end of the year. 

Pat Phelan, who works for Bord na Móna, says the heart will be ripped out of their community if nothing replaces the state company's operations there. 

PROTEST: Hundreds of people attend Bord na Mona rally in Shannonbridge, to highlight the ongoing uncertainty around Bord na Móna in the midlands.

Posted by Midlands 103 on Saturday, February 1, 2020

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