Tarbert Power Plant to Close in North Kerry
North Kerry Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris has called on the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Micheal Martin to immediately intervene to halt the continuing jobs crisis in North Kerry. He made his comments following the news that the ESB power plant in Tarbert is going to be phased out of business over the next 4 years with a loss of up to 130 jobs to the area.
The Sinn Féin Deputy said: “The loss of 130 jobs is another severe blow to the entire North Kerry region, but particularly to Tarbert and surrounding areas. I am calling on Minister Martin to immediately visit the area to explain what he is going to do to address the continuing jobs crisis. It is not good enough for him to tell us that he is committed to securing jobs for this area; we need to see action rather than vague promises. Ultimately, it is the Minister’s responsibility and it is time for him to prove his stated commitment.
“Kerry is in the top four counties with the highest numbers of unemployed. We have received little in the way of foreign direct investment, particularly compared to counties on the east coast. If the government fails once more to act, it will send a very clear message to the people of Kerry.
“The closure of the Tarbert plant as well as recent price hikes adds further weight to the argument that the government is planning to sell the ESB off. I want the Minister to now state what their plans are for the future of the ESB. Will it follow the same road as Eircom and Aer Lingus or are they committed to keeping it in the hands of the state. I think that workers and customers with the ESB have a right to know.
"I am also appealing to the management at the ESB to ensure that alternative work within the company is offered to the workers. ENDS