Bord na Móna Closes Kildare-based Coal Business
Bord na Móna is to close its loss-making coal business, in Lullymore, Co.Kilare
The State energy company plans to close its coal-supply business following the Government’s recent decision to make the Republic a “low-smoke zone”, reports the Irish Times.
“The company will fully comply with the provision of the new low-smoke zone and will exit the bituminous coal business before a total ban comes into effect in 2019,” Bord na Móna said.
In The Dark
The move has reportedly angered workers, whose trade unions on Thursday accused Bord na Móna of keeping their members 'in the dark' about its plans.
John Regan the group of unions secretary and Siptu organiser estimated the closure would affect 45 workers at Bord na Móna's Kildare-based headquarters.
“Our members are angered with the fact that no engagement took place with their union officials but not surprised by this move by Bord na Móna, as the same approach has been adopted previously,” he said.
In response, Bord na Móna said it had 'told staff of its plans to close its coal business and was entering consultations with the 45 workers and their union representatives'.
Its coal business is reportedly losing money due to 'carbon tax and the low-smoke zone initiative, as well as falling consumer demand'.
Bord na Móna will focus on peat briquette production, which still supports 120 jobs, at its fuel depot at Derrinlough, Co Offaly.
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