Unions sceptical ahead of meeting with Bord na Mona management today over Longford job losses

Unions will meet Bord na Móna today to discuss major job-losses in the midlands.

It’s laying off 148 staff after the ESB shut a power plant at Lanesboro, Co. Longford, last weekend.

78 seasonal staff have been laid off with immediate effect, with a further permanent 70 employees to be laid off from next Thursday.

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Siptu’s Willie Noone says he’ll be looking for answers from Bord na Móna today.

Environment Minister Richard Bruton has told the Dáil he expects the facility to re-open within 12 weeks – once environmental issues are sorted.

But Siptu’s Willie Noone fears that won’t be the case.