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.

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