The ESB's last peat burning power station in the country will be taken down from the national grid today after 62 years of operations.

Staff at the Lough Ree power plant at Lanesborough on the Longford-Roscommon border will cease production and take voluntary redundancies or be relocated to other ESB work.

Unions at Bord na Móna say that hundreds of workers face a reduction of up to 60% in their wages in new positions being offered in the rehabilitation of bogs in the midlands. 

Meanwhile, the Chief Executive of the ESB has been asked to take emergency measures to rehabilitate a world-famous stretch of fishery on the River Shannon near the power plant in Lanesborough. 

Angling Clubs have been joined by members of the Oireachtas in an appeal for new investment in the area which was once visited by thousands of anglers from all over Europe because of the popularity of the fishery in a stretch of hot water distributed from the power station that has now gone into decline.

In a joint letter, to ESB CEO, Pat O'Doherty, Shane Gill of the Camlin and District Angling Club and Philip Gordon of the Lough Ree Angling Club said it was unacceptable for the ESB, who own the fishery, to walk away from the area just because the power station was closing. 

They said that for a variety of reasons angling stocks have declined in the area.

There is a serious problem with the arrival of the invasive species of Asian Clams to the fishery and urgent action is needed to restore the river to the condition it was in when the ESB first opened the power station there in 1958.