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Protect Rural Ireland Moving Ahead With Plans To Unseat Two Kildare TDs: KFM, 31 October 2015

Newly formed political group, Protect Rural Ireland, are moving forward with plans to unseat a number of politicians in the next general election.

The group will not be putting forward any election candidates itself, but says it is focusing on damaging the chances of any politician who supports the construction of wind farms or pylons.

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Saturday 31 October at 14:00 – NEW NATIONAL GROUP TARGETING KEY POLITICIANS TO HOLD FIRST CANVASS

Protect Rural Ireland will hold their first canvass in Portlaoise commencing at the Library in Lyster Square at 2pm this Saturday, Oct 31st.

Protect rural Ireland are a new national alliance of community groups who intend to unseat a number of key politicians in the next General Election.

Minister Charlie Flanagan will be the first targeted politician.

Any TD, senator or minister who supports the construction of wind farms and pylons will be targeted in a nationwide campaign involving door-to-door canvassing, flyers and social media.

The campaign will rollout to other counties including Offaly, Kildare and Tipperary in the coming weeks. This campaign will place the protection of Ireland’s landscape, environment and people centre stage, and in turn seek to protect Ireland’s tourism, agriculture and equine industries.

Rural community group objects to wind farm investment proposal: Farmers Journal, 29 October 2015

Protect Rural Ireland, made up of rural communities throughout the country, has objected to the latest plans from Minister for Energy Alex White to allow rural communities to invest in wind turbines.

The plans, reported in national media on Tuesday, encourage communities to invest in wind farms in a move aimed at increasing support for the controversial projects. Confirming the accuracy of the media reports today to the Irish Farmers Journal, the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources said Minister White believes there is “scope for more community involvement, including stakeholding, in renewable energy infrastructure”. The full proposal will be published in the White Paper later this year.

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Anti-turbine and pylon campaign seeks support in Kerry: Radio Kerry, 29 October 2015

A new organisation, Protect Rural Ireland, is aiming to stop certain Fine Gael and Labour TDs getting re-elected because of their approach to the issue. It says the government’s energy policy is deeply flawed. Protect Rural Ireland is to meet with the North Kerry Wind Turbine Action Group to discuss their campaign. Henry Fingleton, chairperson of Protect Rural Ireland, says though no Kerry TDs are yet being targetted, they will be putting the pressure on all politicians:

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Turbine drove us from dream homeL The Star, 28 October 2015

A couple have told how they had to abandon their dream retirement home and move to a different county because of the massive health effects that local wind turbines had on them.

Michael & Dorothy Keane, both in their 60’s, moved from Wicklow to their dream retirement home in Skrine, Co Roscommon in 2004.

But when the wind turbines were erected close to their home in 2011, they never anticipated the massive negative health implications – which would eventually drive them from their home.

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New lobby group aims to unseat politicians ‘toxic to rural Ireland’: Irish Examiner, 28 October 2015

Protect Rural Ireland has said it will not put candidates before the electorate, but instead will campaign against elected representatives who have supported the construction of wind turbines.

A new alliance of community groups is to mount a pre-election campaign to unseat what it calls “toxic” politicians.

Protect Rural Ireland has said it will not put candidates before the electorate, but instead will campaign against elected representatives who have supported the construction of wind turbines.

The group said it wanted to protect the country’s tourism, agriculture and equine industries.

Chairperson Henry Fingleton said: “We have identified politicians and we intend to unseat them. There are several politicians we identify as being toxic to rural Ireland.

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Wind Chilled: The Sun, 28 October 2015

Protect Rural Ireland will target pro-turbine TDs

Politicians who support wind farms are to be targeted in the upcoming general election by campaigners who say the machines are ruining the countryside.

Protect Rural Ireland are bidding to oust TDs who support the development of 2,000 turbines across Ireland.

Wind Chilled

 

New lobby group aims to unseat politicians ‘toxic to rural Ireland’: Kildare Nationalist, 27 October 2015

A new alliance of community groups is to mount a pre-election campaign to unseat what it calls “toxic” politicians.

Protect Rural Ireland has said it will not put candidates before the electorate, but instead will campaign against elected representatives who have supported the construction of wind turbines.

The group said it wanted to protect the country’s tourism, agriculture and equine industries.

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New lobby group aims to unseat politicians ‘toxic to rural Ireland’: The Nationalist, 27 October 2015

A new alliance of community groups is to mount a pre-election campaign to unseat what it calls “toxic” politicians.

Protect Rural Ireland has said it will not put candidates before the electorate, but instead will campaign against elected representatives who have supported the construction of wind turbines.

The group said it wanted to protect the country’s tourism, agriculture and equine industries.

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Group targets TDs over wind farms: RTE News, 27 October 2015

A group calling itself Protect Rural Ireland has called on the Government to suspend the development of wind farms and all planning applications for wind farms until new guidelines are introduced.

They intend to undertake a national campaign to unseat TDs who support the construction of wind farms and pylons.

They claim to place the protection of Ireland’s landscape, environment and people centre stage and seek to protect tourism, agriculture and equine industries. They are financed by voluntary contributions from approximately 20 local communities.

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