Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte has said Bord na Móna has significant potential for wind farm development.

He said there are a number of unobtrusive sites available to them in the midlands bogs.

Mr Rabbitte said there was a clear need for transparency in the planning process, but that there was huge potential for economic development in the region.

There are proposals by several companies to develop wind farms in Ireland and sell into the UK market, he said.

Minister Rabbitte said planning restrictions on sites for wind turbines were being reviewed by the department at the moment.

He said there was a need for positivity as this is all about jobs in the midlands.