A group campaigning against a proposal to erect industrial wind turbines in the Eadestown area have appealed for donations to employ experts to fight the plan, writes Brian Byrne.
The appeal came out of a meeting of around 150 local people in Rathmore Hall, to discuss the proposal by a local farmer to erect two 135-metre turbines in Athgarrett. A planning application for the project has been lodged with Kildare County Council on behalf of Highfield Energy.
The meeting was attended by local representatives, including Fine Gael’s Anthony Lawlor TD, Independent TD Catherine Murphy and councillors James Lawless, Fintan Brett, and Anne Breen.
Those present were shown a video designed to illustrate potential effects on Eadestown and surrounding areas. Frank O’Meara of the North Kildare Environmental Protection Group spoke about possible effects on residents, animals, and tourism and heritage.
A group called Eadestown Against Spin has been set up. Spokesman Conor Flynn said the group is in favour of green energy, and wind farms when they are built in suitable locations. Eadestown is adjacent to Glending Forest, a natural woodland, and Punchestown Racecourse – a key generator of tourism funds.
Deputy Lawlor said he didn’t believe that just two turbines would be built if permission was granted, adding that the area wasn’t suitable for such development.
Residents have contributed over €3,000 to a fund, but the meeting was told the group will need ‘substantially more’ to fight the proposal. A fund account has been set up in Naas Credit Union, which will accept donations.