A Mayo TD has raised concerns about the future of the Mayo Power plant in Killala with Minister Richard Bruton in the Dail today.

Fianna Fail Deputy Leader Dara Calleary sought the urgent debate with the Minister in the Dail following the decision by the energy regulator to issue a Certificate of High Efficiency to the company with a rate of 18% - compared to the 100% issued previously.

Minister Bruton told Deputy Calleary that he is not in  a position to intervene directly but the regulator is answerable to the Oireachtas Committee on Climate Change and Environment.

Deputy Calleary has now written to the Chair of that Committee, Deputy Hildegarde Naughton to ask that she request the regulator appears before the committee to address these concerns.

Some €95 million has already been spent on the €255m high-efficiency combined heat and power plant in Killala.

Work on the plant was halted in 2016 when one of the investors withdrew from the project.

New investors then came on board to complete the 45 megawatt biomass-fuelled power plant, and they applied for the necessary consents.

Renewed consents were was given by Mayo County Council, the EPA and ESB Networks, while the energy regulator has taken since last May to respond.

Deputy Calleary told Midwest News this evening that it is now of the utmost importance that this issue is looked at urgently.

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