Friday 19 October 2018

Healy-Rae warms to UK green energy firm's switch to Ireland

TD Michael Healy-Rae sees one of his primary roles as encouraging job creation. Photo: Tom Burke
TD Michael Healy-Rae sees one of his primary roles as encouraging job creation. Photo: Tom Burke
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae arranged a meeting between a green energy company and Communications Minister Denis Naughten.

The company, Cosak EU, is in the process of relocating to Ireland from the UK due to concerns over Brexit. It plans on setting up a plant to manufacture heat to water pumps and intends to focus on retrofitting homes.

A Government grant for households wishing to install the pumps was initiated earlier this year.

Mr Healy-Rae, whose brother and fellow TD Danny has earned a reputation as a denier of man-made climate change, said in an email to the minister's office that the company wanted to "obviously reduce C02 emission".

The deputy said among his primary roles as an elected representative was to encourage the creation of jobs.

"If there is a market for these products and if people want them... Well, I want to see them manufactured here rather than in some other part of Europe," he told the Irish Independent.

The company plans to move into a number of sectors here, including rural broadband and public wi-fi networks.

Irish Independent

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