Gardaí have launched an investigation after a 75m-tall mast was down on the site of a proposed wind farm in Co. Donegal.
The mast is on the site of what is planned to be Ireland’s biggest wind farm.
The proposed wind farm, which is located at Lismulladuff near Ballybofey, is the subject of local protests.
Plans for the Carrickaduff Wind Farm were lodged with An Bord Pleanála a number of weeks ago by Planree ltd.
The wind farm will stretch from the Barnesmore Gap in Dongal, along the border with Co. Tyrone to a location near Castlefin.
The plans include an application for 49 large wind turbines, some of which will measure more than 150m in height.
A recent meeting organised by protest group Finn Valley Wind Action group, was held in the parochial hall in the tiny village of Crossroads and attracted more than 300 people.
The test mast was erected in recent weeks to take wind readings in the area.
Gardaí believe the mast was attacked in recent days and only discovered yesterday.
The group that is protesting the planned wind farm has condemned the attack.
A spokesman for the Finn Valley Wind Action protest group said: ‘It’s down, so other than that we don’t know what happened. We can’t understand why anyone would want to do that.
‘It’s bad form because it wasn’t bothering anybody. We think it was better up – as a size guide being half the height of the proposed wind turbines.
‘The Finn Valley Wind Action group condemns this act of vandalism. Anyone with any information should contact Ballybofey gardaí.’
Gardaí from Ballybofey were on site yesterday morning and have launched a full investigation into the attack. Anyone with information can contact them.
According to the Irish Wind Energy Association, there are 191 wind farms installed across Ireland.
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