Concerns raised over Bord na Móna jobs

Just two out of every five jobs promised within Bord na Móna for bog rehabilitation work across the midland counties have been filled, according to a Dáil reply received by Independent TD Denis Naughten.

“This rehabilitation work on the bogs was specifically funded to secure short term employment for Bord na Móna workers, but only a fraction of seasonal workers have been offered employment with just 152 jobs offered to date out of 350 potential positions,” stated Denis Naughten.

“As we move into the height of what was traditionally peat harvesting season, with so few seasonal staff employed, there is growing concern locally with regard to the bog rehabilitation process. There are also instances where there have been concerns expressed by local landowners regarding the level of engagement on the impact that these works could have on existing farmland.

“In 2019, I proposed that the Government would introduce and a bog restoration programme to protect existing jobs in Bord na Móna in the short term, pending the reconfiguration of the company. I am glad the Government took on board my proposal, which resulted in Cabinet approval last year of a €108 million large-scale peatland restoration project by Bord na Móna that will create 350 jobs.

“However, there is an on-going lack of progress in recruiting the 280 seasonal workers – all of whom were laid off by the company last year. These seasonal staff cannot just be thrown aside and have no clarity on what their future holds, this is just not good enough,” the local TD concluded.