Joe O’Brien says the lay-off of 148 workers from Born na Mona is “unexpected”

Bord na Mona is briefing its staff at Mount Dillon now, about job losses at its operations.

The company has informed 78 seasonal employees that they are being laid-off immediately with approximately 70 permanent employees put on temporary unpaid lay-off from next Thursday.

The action is due to the suspension of operations at the ESB’s plant Lough Ree Power in Lanesboro which is experiencing difficulties in complying with its environmental licence obligations, relating to thermal plume.

In a statement Bord na Mona, says this unforeseen event has a direct and adverse impact for Bord na Móna Energy operations at Mountdillon including peat supply, bog operations and maintenance.

A statement from the company

says that the situation will continue until LRP returns to normal operations.

The company, which will meet with union representatives tomorrow will provide regular updates to all employees.

Joe O’ Brien from the Corner Shop in Lanesboro met some of the workers this morning, he says there was concern over the season workers positions, but not the permanent employees.