Ireland is in danger of not having enough electricity to power the country going forward.
That's the warning from Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice who says this could see some large companies deciding to pull out of this country, if they don't have a secure supply of power.
While a number of power generating stations have closed down in recent years, it has now emerged that plans are in motion to import emergency generators to Dublin ahead of next Winter, at a cost of some €200 million euro, and emergency legislation will come before the Dail shortly so these generators can bypass planning laws.
Deputy Fitzmaurice says we are facing potential black-outs by 2026, having moved to renewable energy generation without keeping a reliable back-up supply.
The Roscommon-Longford TD told Midwest News that parts of the country could be left in darkness before too long, as a result of pursuing a Green agenda, while there are fears Ireland could also lose major employers as a result of the rising uncertainty around electricity supply.