Nuclear power “just doesn’t make sense” for Ireland, a leading energy expert says. John Fitzgerald was speaking following recent fears that Ireland could face potential blackouts this winter. Those concerns have eased now that two power generators are due to come back online in October and November, ahead of the high-demand winter season. However, the situation has raised concerns about how the system will cope during periods when renewable sources such as wind turbines are unable to produce much power. Those concerns have increased as more and more data centres are announced for Ireland – all of which require substantial and consistent supplies of electricity. That has led to some questions about whether nuclear power – which, outside of safety concerns, is seen as a reliable source of energy by many countries – should be considered for Ireland. Professor Fitzgerald – Research Affiliate at the ESRI and an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College Dublin – told The Pat Kenny Show it wouldn’t work for Ireland.
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