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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SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED (5 JUNE 2015)! HAVE YOU HAD YOUR SAY?

As a result of many groups up and down the country lobbying for an extension of the submission deadline, Eirgrid have extended the deadline to 5 June 2015.

Use our on-line facility below to enable you to send this particular wording to Eirgrid by just adding your own personal details.

Resident Submission

Tourist/Visitor Submission

Please encourage family and friends to do the same, we need to make it clear to the Government and to Eirgrid that we continue to be concerned about what is being planned for ours, our children’s and our children’s children’s future environment.

Alternatively, use the RTP submission to help you write your own unique submission and send to yourgridyourviews@eircom.com or Mr Fintan Slye, Eirgrid,The Oval, 160 Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland.

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

Citizen & Stakeholder Information Session – Ireland’s Energy Policy 2015 – 2030 on 3 June 2015

Date:                           3 June, 2015

Venue:                        Print Works Centre, Dublin Castle

Programme:

10.30a.m.                    Registration

11.00a.m.                    Chairperson’s Remarks

11.05a.m.                    Minister White’s Address

The Minister will provide an update on the emerging policy options prior to publishing Ireland’s energy policy statement in September 2015

11.35 – 12.30             Question and Answer Session

Minister White and Mr. Ken Spratt, Assistant Secretary, DCENR

12.30                          Conclusion of session.

RSVP by email with your name, organisation (if applicable) and contact details by 5.00pm Tuesday 26th May 2015 to whitepaper@dcenr.gov.ie. If your organisation wants to participate but the recipient is unable to attend, you may nominate a colleague in your place.

Please note there will be live streaming of this event.

Energy Ireland 2015 – Crone Park, Dublin 17 – 18 June 2015

Energy Ireland is Ireland’s largest and most long-established energy conference, attended every year by all the key players in the Irish energy sector, as well as many from further afield who maintain an interest in how the energy sector in Ireland is developing.

Click here for the full two-day programme/speakers and registration information.

 

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