Fears grow for dozens of Shannonside jobs at Bord na Mona bogs

There are fears for dozens of jobs in the Shannonside region as speculation grows Bord na Mona may close several bogs in the region this winter.

It’s understood the company will begin negotiations later this month with SIPTU employees who have been working at various bogs across the Shannonside and midlands region in seasonal roles.

Up to 150 workers in total are set to be affected at 16 locations nationwide, with fears that some bogs in the Roscommon-Longford region may close as peat production is scaled back.

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Peat burning power stations such as Lanesborough are being moved away from burning fossil fuels and as a result less peat is required.

In a statement to Shannonside FM, a Bord na Mona spokesperson claimed that the company has committed to harvesting less peat in the next decade and the engagement process with unions is ongoing.

It goes on to state that no final decision has been made yet as to the final shape of the peat business either in terms of employee numbers or operations.