Centre for climate change to serve as “live memory” in midlands

A new centre for climate change will serve as “live memory” for ESB and Bord na Mona workers in the midlands, according to the Just Transition Commissioner.

The idea forms part of Kieran Mulvey’s first report on governments plans to move to a greener economy.

Mr Mulvey says the history of energy generation in the midlands needs to be documented.

Meanwhile Longford County Council is welcoming the publication of the first Progress Report of the Just Transition Commissioner.

The report makes a series of interim and innovative recommendations providing opportunities and processes for securing employment in the midlands, including for ESB and Bord na Mona workers.

Council Chairman Gerard Farrell is welcoming the confirmation from government regarding the fund for the midlands which amounts to €11 million euro in 2020.

He says hits important that groups and organisations identify and proposes projects of potential support so that Lanesboro, Longford and the wider midlands can be helped to develop replacements for Bord na Mona and the power stations.

The first of two stages for accessing the funding opened yesterday and project proposals must be submitted by Friday the 12th of next month.

Chief Executive of Longford council Paddy Mahon says the council will provide leadership in the delivery of economic and social interventions in support of a Just Transition for the region.