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Energy Audit for Glendalough Visitors Centre

Green TD Steven Matthews has announced the confirmation of an initial energy audit at the Glendalough Visitors Centre following engagement with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath.

Speaking after the announcement, Deputy Matthews said:

“Last month, I was made aware of the reinstallation of oil tanks at the Glendalough Visitors Centre. From the outset, I was disappointed about the lack of consideration for the installation of alternative, more sustainable sources of energy as the replacement of existing oil tanks rather than utilizing renewable energy sources is not in line with the government's climate action plan.

“I raised this issue directly with the Office of Public Work (OPW), believing that the Visitors Centre in Glendalough should be a prime candidate for such a retrofitting project due to the high volume of visitors it attracts each year and its importance to Wicklow Tourism. I am delighted that following engagement with the Minister, he has instructed his department officials to carry out an initial energy audit at the Visitor Centre as soon as possible.

“I welcome the Department's concession on this matter and hope that going forward, renewable energy alternatives will be considered in all energy projects carried out in Wicklow by the Office of Public Works. I will continue to engage with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and directly with the OPW to ensure that energy efficient and environmentally friendly options are considered at this site, and all public sites around Wicklow into the future. If anyone in Wicklow has any concerns that they would like to raise with me regarding the Glendalough Visitors Centre or any other OPW operated site, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me directly,” Deputy Matthews concluded.



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