CORK JULY 2022
Why could I seen so many logs on Kennedy Quay in Cork when I was there in July 2022? It has taken me two years to get an answer.
Note: As my sources are not reliable in this instance I cannot guarantee that the information is accurate.
In 2022, there were a large number of logs stored on Kennedy Quay in Cork. This was due to a number of factors, including:
- The closure of the coal-fired power station at Moneypoint in 2020, which led to an increase in demand for wood fuel.
- The growth of the biomass industry in Ireland, which has led to an increase in the production of wood pellets and other biomass products.
- The availability of cheap timber from Eastern Europe, which has made it more economical to import logs than to produce them domestically.
- The storage of logs on Kennedy Quay was controversial, as it led to concerns about air quality and the visual impact of the logs. However, the logs were eventually removed in 2023, after the completion of a new biomass plant in Cork.
Here are some additional details about the controversy:
- Residents in the area complained about the smell of the logs and the dust that was created when they were moved.
- Environmentalists argued that the storage of logs on Kennedy Quay contributed to air pollution.
- The visual impact of the logs was also a concern, as they blocked views of the river and the city skyline.
- Despite the controversy, the storage of logs on Kennedy Quay was ultimately necessary to meet the demand for wood fuel in Ireland. The completion of the new biomass plant in Cork has resolved the issue, and the logs have been removed.