Protect Rural Ireland group protests against Kelly: Tipperary Star, 26 February 2016

Up to 40 canvassers from Protect Rural Ireland targeted Environment Minister Alan Kelly in his Tipperary constituency over what they say is his inaction on the wind turbines issue.

The protestors gathered at the Nenagh railway station before dispersing door-to-door across the town. They also fly-posted cars in the local church grounds.

Protect Rural Ireland (PRI) is a national alliance of community groups who intend to unseat a number of key politicians in the upcoming general election.

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Planning permission for €240m wind farm in Co Meath rejected: The Irish Times, 5 February 2016

Planning permission for a controversial €240 million wind farm development at in north Meath has been refused by an Bord Pleanála.

Element Power had sought permission for the construction at Emlagh, near Kells, of three wind farm clusters of up to 46 wind turbines with a maximum tip height of up to 169 metres.

An oral hearing last summer lasted for five weeks and heard some 117 submissions, including from local residents who feared the wind farm would impact on their health, on their properties and on the equine industry in the area.

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Euro candidate says Moneypoint biomass plan could work: The Clare Champion, 29 January 2016

Anti pylon campaigner and Ireland South Euro candidate, Kieran Hartley, has claimed that converting the ESB Moneypoint plant to a biomass-burning facility could secure jobs, help the environment and reduce the cost of imported American coal.

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Protestors accuse Labour of “burying rural Ireland”: Sunday World, 31 January 2016

The Labour Party conference got underway in Mullingar, Co Westmeath on Saturday but it was the protestors outside that grabbed the limelight.

While Tanaiste Joan Burton was rallying the troops inside, a number of people dressed as mourners at a funeral carried a black coffin and flags that read “Labour buries rural Ireland”.

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Monypoint’s future to be discussed at public meeting: The Clare Herald, 29 January 2016

The need to continue to support Moneypoint and futureproof its role in the regional economy has been highlighted by Michael McNamara TD in advance of a public meeting in Kilrush this evening.

The meeting, to be chaired by Deputy McNamara, will also be addressed by Brendan Kennedy, General Manager of Moneypoint, as well as UNITE trade union personnel. It takes place on Friday 27th at 730 pm in the Kilrush Community Centre.

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Moneypoint’s biomass future? The Clare Champion, Friday 29 January 2016

A leading energy analyst has claimed if Moneypoint power station converts from using coal to biomass, up to 200 jobs could be created and 30 years added to the life time of the facility.

At present, Moneypoint employs 190 ESB workers directly, while a number of contract companies have 250 employees on site.  In the region of 100 staff at the station have retried or moved on in the last three years.

Malcolm Brown, who has 30 years experience in the energy and low-carbon economy sectors, including as head of business development at Climate Change Capital, is confident the change would also consolidate work for contractors and create a sustainable biomass industry locally, with opportunities for landowners to grow and supply timber to create biomass (wood pellets).

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