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Even when the I-SEM becomes operational, the prospect of eventual divergences in market regulations that would seriously distort the Irish market, causing the Irish Government to withdraw in the future, would still be remote.
As with other UK-EU electricity joint ventures, it is in the economic interests of all involved to maintain the SEM. As noted by Irish foreign minister and deputy prime minister Simon Coveney, it is important to keep the stories about generators on barges in context: the SEM is “one of the great North/South successes that all are determined to protect”.