Cumann na nGaedheal the original ' Green' party

amblincork

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Whilst the Green Party likes to think that they have cornered the moral high ground in relation to the environment and renewable energy, in fact they are very much ' Johnny come latelies ' !
In fact it is to Cumann na nGaedheal that the credit for the first large scale renewable energy project in this State must go.
As Diarmaid Ferriter puts it in his book The Transformation of Ireland 1900 - 2000 " The decision to harnass the powers of the Shannon for electricity purposes was ...a far-sighted and innovative move .."
"... it became an imortant symbol of the potential for constructive use of Irish natural resources.
By 1937 Ardnacrusha supplied 87% of system demand in Ireland.
Further hydro-electric schemes were to follow in the decades that follow and now there are major hydro electric schemes on the Shannon, Lee, Erne and the Liffey.
Fianna Fail must be also be given credit in the story of the development of renewable energy in Ireland, though they seem reluctant to claim it for themselves.
The reality is that the renewable energy industry is almost as old as the State itself and certainly the relatively new Green Party needs to acknowledge that they are " standing on the shoulders of now dead giants" in pursuinbg their interest in renewable energy.
 


fiannafailure

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There are also some lessons to be learnt from the Ardnacrusha story that may be relevant today, the project went overbudget, but the government refused point blank to pay a cent (penny) more than the budgeted cost, under any circumstances, and Siemens decided eventually that that a pragmatic approach was best and wrote the debt off, they have enjoyed a profitable relationship with Ireland ever since.
Ardnacrusha, the original of the renewable species in Ireland is still pumping out the juice nearly a century later and still hasn't received a fuel bill.
Not a bad return on capital there.
 

just_society2

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Pity it only serves 1% of the grid requirements now, but it was truly ground-breaking at the time. The govt at the time really drove the brits mad by giving the contract to a German firm.
 

fiannafailure

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Pity it only serves 1% of the grid requirements now, but it was truly ground-breaking at the time. The govt at the time really drove the brits mad by giving the contract to a German firm.
Yet Siemens proposed the project to Britain first and were told that it would never be economically viable. I think the economic benefits of that government decision could probably make it the one of the best decisions in our history.
 

What the Fug

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Yet Siemens proposed the project to Britain first and were told that it would never be economically viable. I think the economic benefits of that government decision could probably make it the one of the best decisions in our history.
When did this happen?
 


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