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Safety concerns for planned Cork windfarm project – Irish Examiner January 9th 2015

Concern has been expressed about a windfarm project in Co Cork which will feature the same type of turbine which collapsed on a mountainside in the North last week.

The 80m turbine, worth more than €2m, collapsed at the Screggagh wind farm between Fintona and Fivemiletown in rural Co Tyrone last Friday.

A major investigation has been launched by the operators in conjunction with turbine manufacturers Nordex UK to establish the cause of the collapse.

Click here to read the full article:: Irish Examiner – 9th January 2015

Turbines branded Ticking Timebombs – The Irish News, 6 January 2015

Dozens of 200ft wind turbines identical to the stricken model which collapsed in Co Tyrone remain in operation across Ireland, despite being branded ‘ticking time bombs’.

Manufacturers Nordex confirmed last night they have installed 58 N80/2500 turbine in Ireland – 44 in the north and 14 in the south.  They also have 119 of their N90/2500 model running.

Spokesman Ralf Peters said the Screggagh wind farm near Fintona had been shut down only “as a precaution” and other sites remain active.

Click here to read the full article: Irish News – 6 January 2015

Spectator: Willie Mullin it over: Eclipse Magazine, 19 December 2014

The wife of leading trainer Aidan O’Brien is clearly not happy about the threat that wind turbines could pose to the bloodstock industry in Ireland.

Annemarie O’Brien stated: “The scale of the threat to heartland Irish industries, such as bloodstock, tourism and agriculture and to all electricity bill payers from yet more costly, subsidised wind farms, and pylon blight from excessive wind farm development in Ireland, is only just revealing itself.

“The natural instinct of a horse, when faced with what it perceives as danger, is flight. They run first, ask questions later. We have selectively bred them for 300 years to heighten this flight reaction, making the thoroughbred racehorse the ultimate racing athlete with the ability to reach speeds of up to 44mph.

Click here to read the full article: Eclipse Magazine, 19 December 2014

O’Brien voices concerns over wind farms: The Racing Post, 17 December 2014

ANNEMARIE O’BRIEN, wife of leading trainer Aidan, has voiced her concerns about the potential threat of wind turbines to the bloodstock industry in Ireland, stating there could be several negative knock-on effects.

“The scale of the threat to heartland Irish industries, such as bloodstock, tourism and agriculture and to all electricity bill payers from yet more costly, subsidised wind farms, and pylon blight from excessive wind farm development in Ireland, is only just revealing itself,” said O’Brien in the Irish Field.

Click here to read the full article: The Racing Post, 17 December 2014

 

 

It’s A No-Wind Situation says Trainer O’Brien – Sunday World, 14 December 2014

Anne Marie slams the impact of turbines on the bloodstock industry.

The wife of horse trainer Aiden O’Brien has warned wind turbines are one of the biggest threats to Irish bloodstock in the history of the industry.

Click here to read the full article: Sunday World, 14 December 2014

Racing titans joins pylon protests – The Sunday Independent, 14 December 2014

Ballydoyle’s Annemarie O’Brien warns that wind farms will finish the Irish bloodstock industry.

The powerful Ballydoyle training operation has warned that the billion-euro equine industry will be damaged beyond repair if high- voltage pylons and on-shore wind farms are built around the country.

Annemarie O’Brien, wife of champion trainer Aidan, said high-voltage pylons and wind turbines are the biggest threats to Irish bloodstock in the history of the industry and will make thousands of acres of prime horse-breeding land “unfit for purpose”.

The backing of the trainers for the anti-pylon and wind farm lobby is significant and comes as EirGrid confirmed last week it will seek planning permission for the contentious GridWest project at the end of next year and for the GridLink project in the middle of 2016.

Click here to read the full article: The Sunday Independent – 14 December 2014

O’Briens pylon the pressure – Horses ‘in danger’: The Sun on Sunday, 14 December 2014

The wife of racing royalty Aidan O’Brien has slammed plans to plant giant electricity pylons all over Ireland.

Anne-Marie O’Brien has described the controversial proposal as “one of the biggest threats to Irish bloodstock ever”.

The top trainer’s partner warned that wind farms and pylons will pose “huge disease control issues” for stud farmers.

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Horses in Danger

Castle owner claims wind turbines “spoiling” Irish countryside are hampering tourist trade

Grace Pym is afraid the humming vibrations from giant wind turbines near her business could keep tourists away.

The proud owner of a castle has said tourists have vowed never to return over massive wind turbines “spoiling” the countryside.

Grace Pym has spent 25 years carefully restoring her castle in Borris-in-Ossory, Co Laois, and opened it up as a hotel.

She is afraid the humming vibrations from giant wind turbines near her business could damage the 15th-century Ballaghmore Castle and keep tourists away.

Click here to read the full article: The Irish Daily Mirror – 13 December 2014

A threat to Irelands Heartland: The Irish Field, 13 December 2014

Annemarie O’Brien argues against expensive and outdated wind power policies.

Across Ireland, as planning applications flood in from developers for an additional 200 onshore wind farms, with turbines 170m high across 26 counties and Eirgrid’s E3.2billion Grid 25 plan for over 1000km of high voltage overhead lines carrying wind power on industrial scale pylons, we have woken up to one of the biggest threats to Irish bloodstock in the history of our industry.

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A threat to Irelands Heartland

Ireland submits 70 projects for €315 billion EU investment plan – The Irish Times

Ireland has submitted more than 70 projects for possible inclusion in the EU’s €315 billion investment plan, with energy, social housing and infrastructural projects forming the bulk of the list.

Among the projects identified by the Government are a proposed new runway at Dublin Airport, the Dart Underground, the Shannon Airport development plan, Grid West, and a number of wind farms being developed by Bord na Móna, Coillte and the ESB.

Click here to read the full article: The Irish Times – 10 December 2014