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Sinn Féin calls on government to publish the Cahill report

31 May, 2011 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has today called on the government to publish the Cahill Report commissioned by the previous administration to re-examine its commitment to unbundling the ESB’s transmission and distribution assets.

Leaked media coverage of the report late last year noted the substantial cost to the state of transferring the ESB’s transmission assets to EirGrid and also suggested that Ireland could successfully apply for a derogation from the EU Electricity Directives unbundling rules.

Criticising the Government’s silence on this the issue Deputy McDonald said: “I have written to Minister Rabbitte asking him to publish the Cahill report and for clarification on the derogation. The deadline for securing an exemption from the Electricity Directive is coming up this week and in this light I find the government’s silence on the matter astonishing.

“Of course the recommendations of the Cahill report are contrary to the McCarthy Report on State Assets & Liabilities and indeed the ‘Smart Grid’ commitments contained within Fine Gael and Labour’s Programme for Government.

“Both the Cahill report and the future of the ESB are critical issues that deserve public attention. Publishing the report would facilitate a debate and attaining a derogation would ensure that yet another costly decision from Europe would not be imposed on the State.

“It is Sinn Féin’s firm belief that the best interests of the state would be served by the government securing an exemption from the EU Electricity Directive, a Directive that is driven by a failed model of liberalisation.” ENDS

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