National Grid’s £500m plan to move biggest and ugliest pylons underground – The Guardian, 9 November 2014

Eight national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty on shortlist, and £24m set aside for measures in other areas

The “biggest and ugliest” electricity pylons slicing through some of the UK’s most treasured beauty spots are set to be torn down.

The firm has 571km (355 miles) of pylon lines running through national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) in England and Wales. The shortlisted areas are in the Snowdonia, Peak District, New Forest and Brecon Beacons national parks, and the Dorset, Tamar Valley, High Weald and North Wessex Downs AONBs, totalling 25km of lines.

Click here to read the full article: The Guardian – 9 November 2014

Minister Kelly’s directive on pylons rejected in vote

Members of Kildare County Council have rejected a directive by Environment Minister Alan Kelly, by voting in favour strict separation distances between homes and pylons.

Click here to read the full article: The Irish Independent – 21 October 2014

Scrap wind farm plans, urges economist Colm McCarthy, The Irish Times

Ireland should abandon plans to build more wind farms in order to comply with a European Union policy which has failed – especially in light of the fact that the State already has more power generation capacity than it needs, a leading economist has urged.

Colm McCarthy said Ireland seemed intent on “being the best pupil in the European Union class” when it comes to using renewable energy, despite the fact that this policy has failed and is about to be abandoned.

Click here to read the full article: The Irish Times – 20 October 2014

Council’s energy plans to be reviewed by SPC – The Mayo Advertiser

Independent councillor Seamus Weir, who has been a leading adversary of the proposed GridWest project, brought forward a motion to the October meeting of Mayo County Council calling for the council to rescind its Wind Energy Strategy Plan and to review its Renewable Energy Strategy.

Cllr Weir told the meeting: “What we did with these plans was a big mistake, we didn’t totally know what we were doing.” He also said that under the plans there could be wind farms three miles from the centre of Ballina. Cllr Weir went on to say that he was not against wind energy, but he was against the large scale industrial plans.

Click here to read the full article: The Mayo Advertiser – 17 October 2014

RTE Radio Interview with Sean O’Rourke

On 23 October 2014 a radio interview was held following up to the article in The Irish Sun on 7 October 2014.

To listen to the full interview, click here: Radio interview with Sean O’Rourke

“We have sleepless nights worrying about the Pylons and our health” – The Irish Sun, 7 October 2014

A young mum and her family may be forced to emigrate over plans that will see their dream home surrounded by wind turbines, towering pylons and high-voltage power lines. Valentina Molloy, 30, who had her first child Ellie in June, says she will simply hand back the keys to their unfinished house and head overseas.

She said: “If these things go up, our land will be all but worthless, but more importantly, I fear for my baby’s health.”

Click here to read the full article: The Irish Sun – 7 October 2014

Communities €50,000 war chests to fight wind farms – The Independent, 28 September 2014

Rural groups across the country have embarked on a new fundraising drive to pay for a series of High Court challenges to controversial wind-farm and pylon projects, the Sunday Independent has learned.

Activists claim amounts of up to €50,000 are being raised by individual communities to mount up to a dozen new challenges before the end of the year.

The renewed rural revolt comes amid a growing belief among protesters that the Government and An Bord Pleanala are not defending the interests of small rural communities.

Click here to read the full article: The Independent – 28 September 2014

Council refuses planning for windfarm project – The Irish Examiner, 25 September 2014

Waterford City and County Council has refused planning permission for a windfarm project close to Dungarvan.

The application, by Kilkenny- based Ecopower Developments, sought to erect 12 wind turbines, an 80m meteorological mast plus access roads, electrical substation compound, equipment and control building and ancillary site works in the rural townlands of Knocknaglogh Lower, Barranastook Upper, Knocknamona, Woodhouse, Tinakilly, Monageela and Killatoor, collectively known as the Drumhills.

Click here to read the full article: The Irish Examiner – 25 September 2014