Turbines put the wind up woman with vertigo: Irish Mirror, 4 February 2015

A woman living next to sky-high wind turbines has told how they give her severe vertigo.

Breda Smyth, from Mount Lucas, Co Offaly, spends her nights in a back bedroom – within sight of the 150metre structures.

She said she is suffering sleepless nights and headaches since they were erected last July.

Breda explained: “It affects my head, it affects my ears, it affects everything. My ears are always tormenting me.

I have vertigo and I find it is worse since they were put up. I stood underneath one once and it really affected my vertigo. Every human being is different. What affects one might not affect the other. There were two weekends where I didn’t get any sleep. Some nights I’ll only get two or three hours.”

The Bord Na Mona wind farm will eventually consist of 28 turbines.

A spokesman said: “Anyone that has an issue with the Mount Lucas windfarm should contact Bord na Mona who will investigate the matter and respond appropriately.”

Paddy Massey, of ReThink Pylons, said: “There is no need to destroy our countryside.

“The Government and Eirgrid could achieve the amount of renewable energy for one tenth of the cost by converting Moneypoint power station in Co Clare from coal to biomass.”

Special Report: Wind power in Ireland – Irish Examiner, 2 February 2015

While the crashing to earth of turbines might have damaged wind energy’s image, opposition is much more deep-seated and points to environmental, societal and health impacts and questions the economic benefits, writes Noel Baker

It’s a little like the old line about the tree falling in the woods. If a wind turbine falls in a part of Co Donegal and no-one is there to hear it, does it still make a sound?

Yes, and the debris is pretty obvious as well, as was the case when a 75m turbine fell over in high winds at a windfarm at Loughderryduff near Portnoo nearly two years ago.

Click here to read the full article: Irish Examiner – February 2nd 2015

Irish Energy Companies should Cut Their Prices by Dr Anthony White – The Irish Sun, 25 January 2015

As oil and gas prices plummet worldwide, why aren’t household energy bills for Irish consumers coming down too? Bord Gais said this week it will cut gas and electricity prices, but here Dr Anthony White says the reduction is far from adequate and he argues that all Irish energy companies should cut their prices now — while it’s still winter.

Click here to read the full article: Dr Anthony White – Irish Sun – 25 January 2015

Bill reductions don’t have to be a pipe dream, by Dr Anthony White – The Irish Sun on Sunday, 25 January 2015

Bord Gais finally caved in with a price drop, but at the cost of a pint a month, it’s not enough.

AS oil and gas prices plummet worldwide, why aren’t household energy bills for Irish consumers coming down too? Bord Gais said this week it will cut gas and electricity prices, but here Dr Anthony White says the reduction is far from adequate. And he argues that all rish energy companies should cut their prices now — while it’s still winter.

Click here to read the full article: The Irish Sun on Sunday, 25 January 2015

Faulty Towers? Exclusive call for time for ban on ‘ticking timebombs’ – Sunday World, 11 January 2015

Campaigners seeking an urgent review into wind turbines after devastating collapse.

CAMPAIGNERS against giant wind turbines have called for an urgent probe into the “ticking time-bombs” before there is a real disaster.

Safety fears have mounted after an 80m (262ft) turbine – almost as high as the Spire on Dublin’s O’Connell Street – dramatically collapsed last week.

Click here to read the full article: Sunday World, 11 January 2015

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