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Deputy Martin Kenny highlights need for more electric car charging points in rural areas

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Deputy Martin Kenny highlights need for more electric car charging points in rural areas

Deputy Martin Kenny believes more electric car charging points are needed in rural areas.

Sinn Féin TD for Sligo, Leitrim Martin Kenny, has highlighted the need for more electric car charging points in rural areas.

Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Kenny said, "I wrote to the Minister last year pointing out that Ballyshannon and Bundoran in County Donegal had two electric vehicle charge points. Both were taken away and not replaced. That is happening in many places throughout the country.

"Electric car owners plan their journey because they have to charge them. When they go travelling and stop somewhere they find a car already charging at that point. The problem is that we do not have nearly enough charging points. I know many of the car manufacturers are supplying large batteries of up to 60 kW, which will improve the range.

"However, particularly for people, who live in rural areas and have longer journeys, we need to get more charging points in place.

"We will need to look again at the model that was in place whereby ESB was providing these free of charge. Every public lamp post has a duct containing electric cables. 

"It should be possible to install charging points on many of those. That will have to be done throughout the country if we are to take the issue seriously."

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