The Irish economy could miss out ‘on billions’ of euros of investment in the development of its industrial supply chain for the multi-gigawatt offshore wind build-out planned off its shores because none of the republic’s ports meet the technical standards necessary to serve in the construction of these projects, according to a new report.

The study, produced by the UK Carbon Trust for the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA), calculates some 2,500 jobs could be created over the next ten years and over €42bn ($47bn) in lifetime investment in the sector, but that “unless strategic investment decisions are made now”, the 3.5GW