It has been confirmed that the demand for electricity has reduced by more than 7.5% since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

A spokesperson for EirGrid said there has been a reduction week on week as industry closed down in many parts of the country, leading to a much lower demand than normal for electricity supply.  

Fianna Fáil's Barry Cowen, who is directly involved in the negotiations for Government, has said the implications of the decrease in electricity demand are very serious for workers in ESB and Bord na Móna.  

He said he now feared that the ESB's two peat-burning power stations in the midlands could be closed down prematurely because of the inability of the ESB to sell the electricity generated there on the public market at the moment.

It is not yet clear what decision Bord na Móna management will take with regard to the redeployment of workers who would normally be transporting peat into the power station in Shannonbridge in Co Offaly.  

It is understood the company has warned workers on the bogs of severe implications in working rosters if the Covid-19 outbreak continues throughout the summer.