Fianna Fáil’s Energy Spokesperson, Timmy Dooley TD has welcomed the proposal by the ESB to build a wave energy farm off the west coast of Co. Clare.

“This is a very positive development, and should be seen as an important strategic initiative that will help us on the journey towards reducing Ireland’s reliance on imported fossil fuels.”

“As well as generating local employment, it will help bring Ireland on the path towards sustainable energy production. The pilot project announced by the ESB has the capacity to generate energy for 4000 homes,” said the Clare TD.

“We have the means by which to wean ourselves off fossil-based electricity. Research suggests that there is four times Ireland’s total energy consumption in Irish waters alone.”

“Successful economies in the 21st century will be the ones that harness sustainable, renewable energy sources first. Ireland, as an Atlantic nation, needs to kick-start its own energy revolution.”

“One of the great attributes of sustainable wave energy is the fact that it’s located away from communities thereby reducing its visual and environmental impact,” added Dooley.

“For our remote, island communities, wave energy can be a game changer, and protect their viability.”

“I will be using my position to encourage and support the ESB in developing this capacity and would urge colleagues across the political spectrum to do the same,” concluded Dooley.