The delay by the Energy Regulator in issuing licences for a €255 million renewable energy plant at the former Asahi site in Killala could see a repeat of the Apple fiasco in Athenry.

That's according to Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin, who raised the issue in the Seanad earlier this week.

She says three other State agencies have given consent for the project to go ahead under a new promoter - the EPA, ESB Networks and Mayo County Council - but a decision has not yet been forthcoming from the energy regulator.

Senator Mulherin claims the promoters of Mayo Renewable Power have tried to deal with the energy regulator, but have "run into a stone wall".

The Mayo Senator believes new legislation is needed to ensure that the regulator makes a decision on such matters within a certain time period, as she fears developers may look elsewhere.

Senator Mulherin says this combined heat & power plant offers a golden opportunity for the north Mayo region.

Midwest News has contacted the Energy Regulator to ask about the delay in issuing licences for the north Mayo power plant.

A spokesperson said they cannot comment on this matter, due to commercial sensibilities and other factors.

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