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Annemarie O’Brien argues against expensive and outdated wind power policies.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

Ireland’s bee population ‘could shrink’ if pylons go up – Irish Daily Mirror, 28 November 2014

Ireland’s bee population could nosedive if plans to plant giant electricity pylons go ahead, it has been warned.

Eirgrid plans to build the 60m high structures through a picturesque valley in Cahir, South Tipperary, where the insects meet to mate.

But beekeepers have claimed the electromagnetic fields from the pylons could stop males from finding the queen bees in the area.

Aoife Mac Giolla Coda expressed concerns the project could weaken the colonies and reduce the number of Irish Black honeybees.

Click here to read the full article: Irish Daily Mirror – 28 November 2014

Is Ireland’s Energy Policy Fit for Purpose?

A Debate to Consider if  the current €multi billion National Energy Investment Programme is necessary

Speakers:  Colm McCarthy, Economist, Cllr Eamon Ryan, Leader, Green Party

Followed by discussion

Chaired by Marian Harkin MEP

Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth

On Friday, December 5th at 7.30pm

Further Information from:    Catherine: 087-4189740