Local councillors and TDs have been criticising the green party leader.
The Taoiseach says more modern industry is needed in the midlands as part of the Just Transition.
Micheál Martin says all areas of economic activity need to looked at, as jobs are lost in peat production.
However, local councillors and TDs have been criticising the pace at which the Transtion is taking place.
The Taoiseach is defending the approach of the government and Environment Minster Eamon Ryan: