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Dick Glennon, Charlie Talbot, Tom O’Toole and retired Bord na Mona employees Harry Boyle and Michael Farrell from  Edenderry Men’s Shed

A few kilometres south of Edenderry, near the Offaly-Kildare border, a Bord na Móna power plant is pumping blue smoke out of a red and white chimney. (...)

Shannonbridge power station is the close. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There is a pressing need to be honest with what communities in the midlands are facing as the region gets out of peat, the Oireachtas Climate Action C(...)

The ESB has announced the closure of two peat-powered generating plants, including Shannonbridge ,  after failing to secure permission to switch them to biomass power stations. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The ESB has announced the closure of two peat-powered generating plants after failing to secure permission to switch them to biomass power stations. (...)

Shannonbridge, Co Offaly. ESB has confirmed  it sought aid to dismantle both Lough Ree and West Offaly stations, and did not rule out closing the pair.

ESB is not ruling out closing two peat-burning power plants in a move that could cost hundreds of jobs at fellow State company Bord na Móna. A paper (...)

The west Offaly power station, in Shannonbridge, Co Offaly, had sought permission to continue to burn peat past a December 2020 deadline until 2027, while it transitioned to rely on biomass fuel. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

An ESB power plant in Co Offaly has been refused permission to redevelop in order to burn biomass rather than peat, in a decision by An Bord Pleanála (...)

Lough Ree. The EPA action relates to the temperature of cooling water discharged from the Lough Ree power plant in Co Longford into the Shannon. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has confirmed it is prosecuting the ESB for alleged environmental breaches in the operation of Lough Ree pow(...)

ESB power station at Shannonbridge. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A move by the ESB to combine peat with biomass at its West Offaly Power Station is “fundamentally misconceived”, according to environmental groups led(...)

Cruisers at Shannonbridge, Co Offaly

I have to admit that the midlands of Ireland have always represented a bit of a blank spot on the map for me. Up to now, my instinct has always been t(...)

Leanamore Wind Farm in Co Kerry, SSE's newest onshore wind farm, which entered full commercial operation in February 2018. Wind and tidal projects will be key to Ireland meeting 2030 targets.

All will change, change utterly. The Irish energy sector is about to enter a decade of unprecedented growth, fostered by a series of new supports from(...)

The scene of the Ballinasloe crash in which two women were killed. Photograph: Hany Marzouk

The east Galway town of Ballinasloe is in mourning on Friday after the death of two close friends and well-known local women after they were hit by a (...)

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