New political group ‘Protect Rural Ireland’ canvas in Portlaoise: Breaking News.ie, 31 October 2015

A new political group called Protect Rural Ireland is holding its first canvas today in Portlaoise.

They are hoping to unseat a number of politicians in the next general election.

Today’s target is Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Charlie Flanagan.

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Protect Rural Ireland group holding its first canvas in Portlaoise: Newstalk 106-108FM, 31 October 2015

A new political group called Protect Rural Ireland is holding its first canvas today in Portlaoise.

They are hoping to unseat a number of politicians in the next general election – today’s target is Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Charlie Flanagan.

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

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New political group ‘Protect Rural Ireland’ canvas in Portlaoise: Waterford Radio, 31 October 2015

A new political group called Protect Rural Ireland is holding its first canvas today in Portlaoise.

They are hoping to unseat a number of politicians in the next general election.

Today’s target is Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Charlie Flanagan.

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New rural Ireland political grouping begins campaigning today: Northern Sound, 31 October 2015

A new political group called Protect Rural Ireland is holding its first canvas today in Portlaoise.

They’re hoping to unseat a number of politicians in the next general election – today’s target is Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Charlie Flanagan.

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It’s not just the West that’s awake and angry – rural Ireland is ready to rumble in an election showdown: Irish Independent, 31 October 2015

Ireland is justifiably proud of its large swathes of lush, verdant grassland. And right now, in the rising wind of a General Election, the longer bits of that grass are all a-rustle.

For while much attention has been focused on the new political parties, pacts and alliances which are proliferating on the lawn of Leinster House, rural Ireland is quietly gearing up for battle. And it’s not just the West that’s awake, but the other points of the country’s compass too.

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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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