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The Edenderry peat-driven power station in Co Offaly. Bord na Móna announced in November that peat production at its plants in Shannonbridge, Co Offaly, and Lanesborough, Co Longford would end by the end of 2020. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The scale of job losses already affecting the Midlands underlines the need for the Government to properly fund a “just transition” for the region as B(...)

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 (...)

An immediate threat hangs over the future of several hundred Bord na Móna workers who supply peat to the West Offaly and Lough Ree power plants.

Bord na Móna chief executive Tom Donnellan has hinted at widespread job losses at the State company. The Bord na Móna group of unions, which represe(...)

Siptu said that local discussions will take place next week with a view to maximising the number of workers who can remain in employment.

The proposed lay-off of some 70 permanent staff at Bord na Móna’s operation at Mountdillon in Co Longford has been suspended after discussions between(...)

Workers attend an emergency meeting at the Mountdillon plant in Co Longford, on Thursday.  Photograph: Shelley Corcoran

Unions representing staff at Bord na Móna have warned that plans by the company to lay off nearly 150 workers at its at the plant in Mountdillon, Co L(...)

The Bord na Móna case would be watched closely by workers and communities elsewhere – such as Moneypoint where the ESB has a large power station – and serve as a litmus test for how Ireland manages the transition and ensures decent jobs.

The Government and Bord na Móna have been criticised for failing to genuinely pursue a “just transition” to a decarbonised economy, especially when a (...)

Richard Boyd Barrett: he said  they had to discuss how to respond to the Government’s  “baby steps”  on climate change

Support for increased carbon taxes by the all-party Committee on Climate Action was “ill-judged”, People Before Profit has said. The party is to step(...)

Willie Noone of SIPTU said the workers saw what was coming as a consequence of climate change but the problem was that ‘this has been fast-tracked’. File photograph: Pat Sammon

Bord na Móna workers employed on bogs in the Midlands “are being treated abysmally” as their employer seeks to get out of peat production, a union rep(...)

Turf-cutting in Derrygreenagh, Co Offaly. Photograph: Pat Sammon

For Finian O’Neill, it is the end of an era. His father worked on the Bord na Móna bogs in Offaly for 42 years. Now in his 50s, O’Neill fears for his (...)

Turf-cutting in  Co Offaly. “We’re trying to position Bord na Mona for the future. It’s very important that we concentrate on the future. We are doing this because of global climate change requirements”

Nearly 500 jobs in Bord na Móna will be lost, beginning early next year, following a decision by the semi-State company to close 17 of its 62 currentl(...)

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