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Protest held at gates of former Lanesboro power station

Oct 3, 2022 13:10 By Shannonside News
Protest held at gates of former Lanesboro power station Protest held at gates of former Lanesboro power station
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Members of the public are calling for the re-opening of the plant due to the current energy concerns.

Close to 100 people attended a protest in Longford over the weekend, calling on the Government to reopen the Lough Ree Power Station.

The calls have been made over the past number of months following major increases in the cost of energy due to supply concerns in the winter months.

The peat burning station in Lanesboro was shut in 2020 following 62 years of electricity production.

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A demonstration was held at the gates of the disused power plant yesterday afternoon, where people from across the region highlighted their demands over the future of site.

Organised by the group, Turf Cutters of Eire, the protest heard claims that a stock pile of dried peat at the station could generate power for close to a year.

Group spokesperson Sean Wynne says that while local politicians are supportive of the idea, they are being held back by party politics:

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You're pushing an open door because if you're a member of a party, you have the greater good.

So you can't come out and, credit to politicians both party and independent that have come out and openly supported it.

The reality is that you are pushing an open door with politicians.

There was no point in us getting a list of politicians coming yesterday and wasting their time.

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