Micheál Martin has been speaking at the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska.
The Taoiseach doesn't think it's practical to re-fire the midlands power stations.
Calls to restart the power stations in Lanesboro and Shannonbridge have been made by Sinn Féin, the Regional Independent Group and at a meeting in Portarlington last night.
The peat-fired facilities were shut down by the ESB in December 2020, after failing to secure permission from An Bord Pleanála to burn biomass at the plants.
Speaking at the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Taoiseach Micheal Martin says it would be a very challenging task: