Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams TD has stated that further privatisation should not form part of an All-Ireland energy strategy.
Deputy Adams made the comments during a debate on the Wind Turbine Regulation Bill 2014 in the Dáil tonight.
“This bill seeks to ensure that Ireland’s energy demands are met before renewable energy is exported.
“Any renewable energy that is produced in Ireland should go to lessen the fuel bills that are burdening ordinary working families.
“The recent sale of wind projects developed by Bord Gáis Éireann, which amounts to approximately 15% of the wind capacity from the island of Ireland, to a foreign multinational is a very regressive step.
“Sinn Féin is committed to renewable energy, but it must be led by semi-state companies such as the ESB and Bórd na Móna.
“The privatisation agenda being pushed by the Fine Gael/Labour Government has resulted in the loss of this wind portfolio, which is a strategic asset in the production of energy in Ireland.
“The sale of this portfolio to foreign private interests, to use as they see fit, will not help Ireland’s energy security.
“It is imperative that the Minister for Communication, Energy and Natural Resources delivers an all-Ireland strategy on energy as soon as possible.
“Sinn Féin is saying very clearly that further privatisation should not form part of that strategy.”