It is hoped up to 4,000 jobs will be secured after An Bord Pleanála last week granted permission to four healthcare companies to build €30m wind turbines in Cork Harbour.

The planning appeals board granted healthcare companies Janssen Biologics, (Centocor at the time of the application), DePuy, GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis permission to build four wind turbines, each 100m high, to supply their plants with green energy.

It is estimated that the companies are responsible, directly or indirectly, for 4,000 jobs and spend in excess of €100m annually on services to the local economy.

I believe that this shows how important it is for the government to do more to support green energy. Not only will it create jobs and help the environment it would also be a move in the right direction to meeting our EU targets.

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