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Turbines face long journey and many issues

Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation faces questions from the local media during last month's meeting held in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel.                                         Photo Kevin Byrne

Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation faces questions from the local media during last month's meeting held in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel. Photo Kevin Byrne

A ‘long journey’ needs to be travelled before wind can be harnessed to create jobs, according to the employment Minster but the IDA believe there is potential in turbines.

Speaking to the Leinster Express at the employment forum in Portlaoise, Minster Richard Bruton was cautious about the potential of wind farms to deliver jobs in Laois.

“Clearly this is a sector that has opportunities but like all other sectors there are planning and pricing issues. There is a lot of issues to see the wind potential of the wind developed. That is a long journey. Clearly there is potential there but it is up to many agencies to see do we land the potential,” he said.

While hopeful, the minister remained cautious.

“There are loads of issues before the potential can be fulfilled. Some of them are contentious and we have to listen to peoples views as we seek to develop opportunities,” he said.

Speaking separately the IDA’s midlands regional director Breda O’Toole said there was “huge money” in wind energy terming it “clean technology”.

She said there is potential for companies that can provide services to the turbine companies.

Acknowledging local opposition Ms O’Toole said it can take many years for companies to set up in Ireland. “If there is a real potential they (wind companies) are going to go for it,” she said.

 

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