Longford Councillor wants ESB workers re-trained in the county and not Athlone or Cavan

A Longford councillor has said ESB and Bord na Móna workers need to be up-skilled here in the county, rather than in Athlone or Cavan.

Councillor Peggy Nolan raised the issue at a recent meeting of Longford County Council, and called on the CEO of ETB to meet with councillors to clarify the situation.

The closure of Lough Ree Power Station was brought up as a matter of concern as ESB is the council’s single biggest commercial rate payer at €1.2million.

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According to Councillor Nolan, who sits on the board of Longford Westmeath ETB, facilities already exist in Longford to facilitate any up-skilling or re-training needed.

Although it’s likely a number of workers will be re-deployed to other ESB operations, the councillor claims that won’t be suitable for everyone, particularly workers with young families.

Speaking to Shannonside FM, she says they should have options: