Riding School’s Turbine Terror: The Irish Daily Mirror, 15 June 2015

Tranquility is a key part of the Kells Equestrian centre but plans for 46 giant turbines will put their disabled riders off, it has been claimed

A country riding school for kids and young adults with brain disorders is facing ruin over huge wind turbines.

For the 40 riders who attend the Riding for the Disabled Centre at Kells Equestrian in Co Meath, the tranquility of the location is a key part of their therapy.

But if plans to build 46 super-turbines for the area get the go-ahead, the school will be encircled by 600ft wind-fans with rotors the length of Croke Park, measuring 450ft.

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Enda’s new power plant is set to generate lots of cash – for investors: The Irish Independent, 14 June 2015

With a surplus of electricity and three obsolete peat stations already, do we really need another plant, asks Colm McCarthy.

FUELLING THE DEBATE: Taoiseach Enda Kenny last Sunday announced the building of a new biomass power station in Killala, Co Mayo, with Gerald C Crotty, Chairman of Mayo Renewable Power, the promoters of the project.


UPDATE: Citizen and Stakeholder Information Session on Ireland’s Energy Policy 2015 – 2030 on 3 June 2015

For those who are attending Citizen and Stakeholder Information Session on Ireland’s Energy Policy 2015 – 2030 you should have received an acknowledgement by email.

For those who cannot attend please see below link to the live stream that will run on the day. Please note that you will not be able to log in until that morning of 3rd June 2015.


ESRI – UCC Energy Research Workshop: 9 June 2015

Date: 09/06/2015

Time: 08.30 – 13.05

Venue: ESRI

This half-day multidisciplinary research workshop will focus on recent work by researchers at UCC and ESRI on a range of current energy policy issues. Both engineering and economic perspectives will be explored, and topics will cover aspects of energy policy; residential energy efficiency; energy markets; and implications for the economy.


08.30: Registration and Coffee

08.45: Ministerial Address: Minister Alex White, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources


Energy Affordability
9.15: How can we strategically address fuel poverty and simultaneously improve energy efficiency? John Curtis, James Glynn, Liam Regan, and Brian Ó Gallachóir

09.35: Is fuel poverty in Ireland a distinct type of deprivation, Dorothy Watson and Bertrand Maitre

International Focus
09.55: How can we achieve a global 2°C target in an efficient and equitable manner?
James Glynn, Socrates Kypreos, Maurizio Gargiulo and Brian Ó Gallachóir

10.15: The EU Power System in 2030: curtailment, congestion and prices
Sean Collins, Paul Deane and Brian Ó Gallachóir

10.35: Tea/Coffee


11.05: Why are we reluctant to do anything about climate change? – Clare Watson, Ger Mullally and Brian Ó Gallachóir

11.25:Hourly consumer’s response to TOU tariffs in Ireland: is information always beneficial? Valeria Di Cosmo, Niamh Devitt, Denis O’Hora

Wind & Infrastructure
11.45: The Effects of Wind Generation Capacity & NAO on Electricity Prices, Generation Costs & Emissions. Muireann Lynch, John Curtis and Laura Zubiate

12.05: On Moneypoint and the interconnector to France. Paul Deane, Valeria Di Cosmo and Brian Ó Gallachóir

Houses and cars
12.25: The effect of energy efficiency label (BER) on property prices – an analysis of the Residential
Property Price Register. Marie Hyland & Anna Alberini

12.45: What will contribute more to emissions reduction in Ireland in 2020 – 50,000 EVs Or improving the efficiency of petrol and diesel cars? Eamonn Mulholland and
Brian Ó Gallachóir

13.05: Closing

To register click here

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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Munster Express


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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