Meath county board has decided not to accept €375,000 from Element Power, the company behind the divisive proposed wind turbine project in North Meath.
The plan to create wind farms has met with objections from some quarters and although the offer was thought to appeal to many on the executive of the board, they have decided not to proceed with the proposed vote by clubs on the issue next week.
Meath PRO Martin O’Halloran confirmed this afternoon that Element Power have been informed of their decision.
“Coiste na Mí C.L.G has today announced that a vote on the acceptance of a substantial sponsorship package which was scheduled to take place on Monday night next, August 11th will not now proceed,” explained a joint statement from Meath county board and Element Power.
“Coiste na Mí C.L.G has decided that it is not appropriate for a voluntary sporting organisation like the GAA to engage in a complex debate on renewable energy and consequently will decline the offer from Element Power.
“Chairman, Conor Tormey thanked Element Power for its generous proposal which would have been worth some €375,000 to the GAA in Meath.
“A spokesman for Element Power Ireland said that the company had identified an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to a large voluntary sporting association in Co Meath but the company noted and respected the decision.
“Element Power remains committed to an extensive Community Benefits Programme worth an additional €3.5million over the lifetime of the Emlagh Wind Farm project.”
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