On Friday afternoon last (24 April 2015) at 4:35 pm Bord na Móna received an invitation from Pat Haran, Clerk to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications, on behalf of its Chairman Mr John O’Mahony TD, inviting Mr John Horgan, Chairman of Bord na Móna, to appear before the Committee to discuss the temporary cessation of peat briquette production at two Bord na Móna factories at Littleton, Co Tipperary and at Derrinlough, Co Offaly. It is normal practice for these factories to shut down for a period each year, albeit the period involved is more extended than usual.
On being informed of the invitation late on Friday afternoon Mr Horgan immediately decided to accept the invitation and on Monday 27 April requested the Company Secretary of Bord na Móna to write to the Joint Committee indicating that Mr Horgan was pleased to accept the invitation.
The Chairman of Bord na Móna, John Horgan said this afternoon that he is pleased to accept the invitation and looks forward to discussing the situation at the briquette factories in a fully open and transparent manner. Mr Horgan stressed that he and the management of Bord na Móna are always available to meet national and local public representatives to discuss any issue of concern to them relating to the activities of the Company.
There was never any question of Bord na Móna or its Chairman declining an invitation to appear before the Joint Committee as suggested in headlines in the Midland Tribune on Thursday, 23 April 2015, pages 1 and 2 “Bord na Móna Will Not Meet Oireachtas Committee During Talks With Workers”.