Category Archives: News

Watch: Is Eirgrid’s revised plan for pylons enough to calm people-protest through parts of the country? RTE News – Prime Time, 14 April 2015

EirGrid has scaled down some of its plans for massive new pylons but will it be enough to calm the waves of anger in parts of the country?

Click here to watch the full article: RTE News – Prime Time, 14 April 2015 

Wind farm planning process excludes public, claims engineer – Independent, 14 April 2014

High Court hears claim proposed Co Meath farm will impact environment and health.

It is alleged An Bord Pleanála decided the proposed development has “strategic infrastructural status” which means a planning application can be made directly to the board with no public involvement in the environmental-impact assessment.

An engineer opposed to a proposed wind farm in Co Meath claims the development has a “fundamentally unfair” planning procedure. He said there is no public involvement in the environmental-impact assessment.

John Callaghan fears the development of 46 turbines on land near his home at Kells, Co Meath, will adversely impact on the environment as well as the health and development of his autistic son.

Click here to read the full article: Irish Times, 14 April 2014

Council Calls for Ban on Granting Planning Permission to Wind Farms – Guidelines Are Outdated

Donegal Co. Council is calling on the Minister for the Environment to immediately introduce a ban on the granting of planning permission to any new wind farm developments until a full review of the current legislation and guidelines is carried out.

Cllr. Gary Doherty said that wind farm developments are a huge issue in Donegal.

Click here to read the full article: Donegal Now, 13 April 2015

EU’s green energy debacle shows the futility of climate change policies – Financial Post, 14 April 2015

Ontario will follow the EU at its peril — power rates will soar while industries depart

As the Ontario government announces new unilateral climate policies, Canadian policymakers would be well advised to heed the lessons of Europe’s self-defeating green energy debacle.

The European Union has long been committed to unilateral efforts to tackle climate change. For the last 20 years, Europe has felt a duty to set an example through radical climate policy-making at home. Political leaders were convinced that the development of a low-carbon economy based on renewables would give Europe a competitive advantage.

Click here to read the full article: Financial Post, 14 April 2015

Fianna Fáil To Unveil New Policy Paper On Energy – ORS, 13 April 2015

Fianna Fáil is to unveil its proposals on a new policy document on energy tomorrow, Tuesday.

The party’s spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Michael Moynihan TD said Ireland’s current energy policy is driving up consumer prices.

Click here to read the full article: ORS, 13 April 2015

The evidence that Ireland cannot become Denmark & why curtailment of Wind Power will become substantial by 2020- Irish Energy Blog, 13 April 2015

We currently have over 2,000MW of wind. Theoretically, we are at the stage where it should be easy to export some of our excess wind energy, which we can’t use, to the UK as curtailment levels are still relatively small (in 2013 we curtailed about 3.5% of our wind) and should not pose problems to the UK system which is 11 times greater than ours. When we reach really high levels of wind, we will want to export a lot more surplus wind energy to our neighbours.

Click here to read more: Irish Energy Blog, 13 April 2015

Protestors picket An Bord Pleanála over plans to put up wind turbines – Newstalk, 9 April 2015

The Irish Wind Energy Authority says wind energy essential to Ireland meeting energy commitments.

Around 100 protestors have gathered outside the offices of An Bord Pleanála in opposition to wind turbines.

They are questioning the decision of the board to grant permission for wind farms around the country.

The demonstrators say the government energy policy is flawed, and will cost the taxpayer billions.

Click here to read the full article: Newstalk, 9 April 2015

HEALTHCHECK: Docs Warn of Coronary Problem Turbine Link, The Irish Sun – 10 March 2015

People living near noisy wind turbines are at risk of heart attacks and obesity, medics have warned.

The Government is being urged to lower the din from generators and increase their distance from households.

The Irish Doctors’ Environmental Association say noise levels here are four times World Health Organisation guidelines. They are also concerned about the distance that turbines are located from family homes.

Click here to read the full article: 10.3.15 The Irish Sun – Docs Warn of Coronary Problem Turbine Link

Wife of legendary horse trainer Aidan O’Brien: “We have to stop the pylons and wind turbines before it’s too late.” Irish Mirror, 25 March 2015

Annemarie O’Brien, wife of the world’s greatest trainer Aidan, claims pylons and wind turbines pose a huge threat to the equine industry – and to tourism and agriculture.

Now she’s concerned the blight of power lines and turbines will affect stud farms and stables which have become famous the world over.

Stables such as Ballydoyle, the top class operation run by Aidan, 45, in Co Tipperary, in rolling pastures near Slievenamon, which has given us world-beaters including Istabraq and Rock of Gibraltar.

The O’Briens, our uncrowned First Family of The Turf, say we must protect our heartland industries such as racing, tourism and agriculture, from the pylons’ march.

Click here to read the full article: Irish Mirror, 25 March 2015

Pylon the Pressure – Fear for Key Industry; Ireland’s Equine Excellence Threatened by Wind turbines: The Mirror, 25 March 2015

A leading figure in horse racing has backed our campaign to save rural Ireland, saying: “We must act now before it’s too late.”

Annemarie O’Brien, wife of the world’s greatest trainer Aidan, claims pylons and wind turbines pose a huge threat to the equine industry – and to tourism and agriculture.

The 45-year-old, herself a champion trainer, comes from a family who live and breathe the sport.

Click here to read the full article: The Mirror, 25 March 2015