An extra 1,000 charging points for electric cars are to be rolled out across the country over the next 5 years, as part of the Government's Climate Action Plan.

The Department of Communications, Environment & Climate Action will provide funding to local authorities to install a number of charge points in each county, to meet the current and future demand for electric cars.

That's according to Minister of State Séan Canney.

He says there's been a significant growth in the number of fully-electric and plug-in hybrids on Ireland's roads, and people need to know that they will be able to recharge their vehicles quickly and efficiently - particularly for longer journeys in rural Ireland.

The new scheme will complement the introduction of charge points that are part of the ESB eCars project, which has received €10 million in Government funding.

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