The Irish Academy of Engineering has said a report commissioned by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) into the security of supply of Ireland's energy needs "should not be used to underpin any future energy policy development."

In a follow-up statement to its initial assessment last month, the Academy says the report contains "quite unreliable techno-economic analysis" when it comes to hydrogen power.

It also describes as "simplistic arguments" reasons put forward in the report to exclude options on building Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) import facilities.

The Academy is contributing to the public consultation on the Security of Energy Supply of Ireland's Electricity and Natural Gas Systems report by Cambridge Economic Policy Associates published in September by DECC.

It notes that in Ireland today we ban nuclear power but "have no qualms" about constructing an interconnector to France which generates 70% of its power from nuclear plants.

It says Ireland refuses to import "fracked" gas but effectively imports fracked gas from the UK and Europe as those gas grids have imported more and more LNG from the US in recent months.

It says "policy development by wishful thinking is unworthy of a wealthy economy" like Ireland.

The Academy goes on to say that excluding an LNG terminal from our energy policy "is not based on any logic, but rather on a populist reaction to the term 'fracked'.

"Ireland appears to be the only EU country to suffer from this confusion at a policy level," it adds.

On the potential for hydrogen power, the Academy says "there is no possibility of deployment of such technology at the scale envisaged by 2030."