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Riding School’s Turbine Terror: The Irish Daily Mirror, 15 June 2015

Tranquility is a key part of the Kells Equestrian centre but plans for 46 giant turbines will put their disabled riders off, it has been claimed

A country riding school for kids and young adults with brain disorders is facing ruin over huge wind turbines.

For the 40 riders who attend the Riding for the Disabled Centre at Kells Equestrian in Co Meath, the tranquility of the location is a key part of their therapy.

But if plans to build 46 super-turbines for the area get the go-ahead, the school will be encircled by 600ft wind-fans with rotors the length of Croke Park, measuring 450ft.

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Enda’s new power plant is set to generate lots of cash – for investors: The Irish Independent, 14 June 2015

With a surplus of electricity and three obsolete peat stations already, do we really need another plant, asks Colm McCarthy.

FUELLING THE DEBATE: Taoiseach Enda Kenny last Sunday announced the building of a new biomass power station in Killala, Co Mayo, with Gerald C Crotty, Chairman of Mayo Renewable Power, the promoters of the project.


Leading Professor warns about the health dangers of pylons – Irish Mirror, 28 May 2015

Dr Alun Evans of Queen’s University Belfast writes that a review of 18 wind turbine health studies concluded that all showed good evidence of causing human distress.

An Irish Mirror campaign to stop huge wind turbines and ugly power pylons from scarring the countryside is getting results.

Environment Minister Alan Kelly is considering tighter restrictions on how close to houses the structures can be built.

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Waterford moves to block wind turbine projects: The Munster Express, 26 May 2015

Waterford City & Council has passed a motion calling for a moratorium on the granting of any new planning applications for commercial wind farm projects in the county.

An all party motion came before the May plenary meeting of Waterford City & Council.

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War on pylons: Irish Mirror campaign sparks Government into enforcing tighter limits, 25 May 2015

Sweeping new rules to limit how close wind turbines can be built near homes are being considered by the Government, it has emerged.

The tighter restrictions have been put forward by Environment Minister Alan Kelly.

The move come just weeks after the Irish Mirror launched a campaign to save our countryside from the blight of the monstrous structures.

We have been speaking to worried families and landowners and tirelessly pushing for the Government to stop building pylons and wind turbines.

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Labour to debate restrictions on wind turbine development: Irish Independent, 25 May 2015

The Labour parliamentary party will this week debate proposals to introduce new restrictions on the development of wind turbines close to people’s homes.

TDs and senators are demanding changes in “set-back distances” and the introduction of a cap on the size of turbines.

Environment Minister Alan Kelly is understood to be considering plans to increase the distance required between homes and turbines from 500m to 700m.

The Labour deputy leader is expected to bring in changes to planning guidelines after serious concern was raised by a number of TDs and senators.

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New proposal may keep wind turbines 700m away from homes: Irish Farmers Journal, 25 May 2015

It is believed Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly wants to increase the set-back between wind turbines and homes.

Minister Kelly is proposing a set-back of 700m, a significant increase on the 500m restriction which currently exists.

He is due to publish new planning guidelines on wind farms shortly, RTÉ’s This Week programme revealed. This comes after a consultation process which received more than 7,000 submissions. A number of concerns were also raised by TDs and senators.

The proposal also includes a “height to distance matrix”. This means the higher the turbine is, the greater the distance it must be from a residential dwelling.

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Campaigners Want ReThink After Wind Farm Plan Axed: Irish Daily Mirror, 21 May 2015

Planning permission for a wind farm with 100-metre high turbines has been rejected with the help of the Irish Mirror.

The Government and Coillte wanted to build the 48 turbine farm in rural Moygownagh, co Meath.

As part of our Save Our Countryside campaign, we told how local farmers feared their businesses would be damaged and the area’s natural beauty ruined.  But An Bord Pleanala yesterday ruled against Cluddaun Wind Farm, which could save the State €1billion.

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ReThink Irish Mirror

“Waterford Speaks for the Next Generation – Waterford County Council passed a Moratorium on wind farms in the County last night. Wind Farms blown away.”