A Kerry senator has called for action to address the country’s future energy needs.
Fianna Fáil Senator Ned O’Sullivan has called on Minister Denis Naughten to react to, what he believes will be, a future energy crisis.
The call comes after the independent Irish Academy of Engineering stated Ireland will be totally reliant on natural gas from foreign sources by 2030.
Senator O’Sullivan says, for example in Kerry, the Shannon Liquefied Natural Gas terminal project remains on ice with no government action to drive it on.
He claims that in all aspects of securing our energy into the future, we are failing to get to grips with new challenges.
The Fianna Fáil senator says it takes many years of planning to put in place the infrastructure needed to ensure we have a secure energy supply in the decades to come.
He adds the country is falling behind on renewable energy targets, and now risk incurring EU fines.