150 Bord na Mona staff in Longford given notice of job losses

Bord na Mona has confirmed that 150 positions are being suspended at Mount Dillon, in county Longford.

It has called staff into a meeting this morning to advise them of their actions, following the suspension of activities by the ESB at Lough Ree Power.

Bord na Mona has confirmed that seventy permanent employees will be put on temporary unpaid lay-off from next Thursday, July 18th 2019. This will continue until Lough Ree Power returns to normal operations.

Seventy eight seasonal employees will also be placed on lay-off immediately. The company will provide regular updates to all employees.

The ESB confirmed on Friday 5th July 2019 that their peat fired power station at Lanesboro, Co Longford, Lough Ree Power (LRP) will remain off load for an undefined period of time.

The reason for the power station to remain offload is that it is experiencing difficulties in complying with its environmental licence obligations (relating to thermal plume). The return to service of the power station is dependent on a decision on the environmental licence review from the EPA.

In a statement Bord na Mona says this unforeseen event has a direct and adverse impact for the company.

It says that energy operations at Mountdillon including peat supply, bog operations and maintenance. Since Sunday July 7th there is no requirement to supply any peat to LRP and the Energy business unit has no option but to take the decision to cease all operations at Mountdillon works and place all impacted employees on protective notice effective immediately.

The company acknowledges the difficulties and impact that this will have on employees and their families and a meeting has been arranged with the Group of Unions for Friday July 12th to work through this process and review all options. It is unfortunate that the Company has had to take this course of action and looks forward to a resolution of the issues at the earliest opportunity.