The Government has today confirmed that it intends to apply to the EU Globalisation Fund to help affected Bord na Móna workers transition into new employment, a Fine Gael TD has said.

Kildare South Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon said: “I received confirmation from the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton, that an application will be made to the EU Gloabalisation fund as a result of the job losses announced at Bord na Móna this week.”

The Minister was speaking in the Dáil during a topical issue raised by Deputy Heydon this evening (Thursday).

Deputy Heydon continued: “I emphasised to the Minister the need to ensure the best possible redundancy package for those staff who are considering that option at the end of a difficult week. I believe this package needs to be on a par with recent packages in other state companies such as RTÉ and An Post.

“I also stressed to the Minister the need for the full support of his department for Bord na Móna as they look ahead to aim to become the largest renewables company in the country.

“In this regard, I believe part of the €150 million Climate Action Fund could be used to assist Bord na Móna utilise the assets they have, including their dedicated and experienced work force and their large land banks.

“I will continue to assist those affected and my thoughts are with the employees and their families at this difficult time.

“Bord na Mona has pledged to engage in extensive consultation with workers in the coming weeks, which will include a series of town hall meetings,” the Fine Gael TD said.