Taoiseach confirms ESB has not yet paid €5m into Just Transition fund

The Taoiseach has confirmed that the ESB has yet to pay over €5million as part of the Just Transition fund for the Midlands and Shannonside region.

Leo Varadkar confirmed the money, which is to form part of a ring-fenced €11m kitty to help communities move away from peat production, has not yet been transferred.

The Fine Gael leader was responding to a question from Roscommon- Galway TD Denis Naughten, who demanded to know more details about the wider Just Transition plan, which was launched last Friday.

He claimed that the plans were launched with no details on when decisions will be made, or when the money will be allocated to projects in the region: