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Wind Power News: Ireland


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

March 21, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm may be built on unused landfill

A Canadian company wants to build a windfarm at the country’s largest landfill site, which was ‘mothballed’ some years ago, having cost €48m to develop. Cork County Council is in advanced discussions with Brookfield Renewable, which intends to take over some of the local authority’s on-hold landfill at Bottlehill and develop a multi-million euro windfarm there. The company was one of a number which tendered for use of some of the site, in a forest 23kms north of Cork city. . . . Complete story »

March 20, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Johnson & Johnson unveils plans for second turbine at Limerick facility

Johnson & Johnson has unveiled controversial plans for a second wind turbine, towering up to 100 metres high over Castletroy. The company, which employs hundreds of people through its Vistakon subsidiary in the National Technology Park, has confirmed it has submitted a planning application to Limerick City and County Council for the structure. It’s anticipated it will be at a height of 99 metres high, with a rotor radius of 51.5m wide. In a statement, the firm has insisted it . . . Complete story »

March 18, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Longford wind farm opponents plead with Leo Vardakar to answer their call during Lanesboro St Patrick’s Day parade

During today’s colourful, Lanesboro/Ballyleague St Patrick’s Day parade, ‘No to Derryadd Wind Farm’ campaigners pleaded with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to answer their call as they battle to prevent a proposed Bord na Móna wind farm development from going ahead. Mr Varadkar, of course, while attending a St Patrick’s lunch on Capitol Hill, revealed he had contacted Clare County Council seeking information about planning for a wind farm, which was close to the then businessman Donald Trump’s golf course at . . . Complete story »

March 17, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Locals win Supreme Court battle against wind farm

A Supreme Court decision quashing planning permission for a ten-turbine windfarm in the Finuge area has been hailed this week as a ‘David vs Goliath’ moment for a group of locals protesting against the development since it was first mooted over four years ago. However, the protestors believe that the Supreme Court order does not mark the end of the saga. “We might have won the battle, but the war is still on,” one of the group told The Kerryman . . . Complete story »

March 16, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

‘There was no call from Leo’ – Fine Gael Senator denies Varadkar ‘influenced’ Doonbeg planning process

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar “did nothing inappropriate” and “did not influence” the planning application of a wind farm after he was contacted by Donald Trump, a Fine Gael Senator has claimed. Mr Varadkar came under fire when he revealed at a St Patrick’s Day lunch in Washington yesterday that he was contacted by Trump in 2014 when he was Transport Minister about a “problem” with plans to build a massive wind turbine project near Mr Trump’s luxury Doonbeg Golf Resort in . . . Complete story »

March 16, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Varadkar ‘interfered’ in planning, says wind farm developer

The businessman behind a failed plan to build a wind farm near Donald Trump’s Co Clare golf resort has said he is disappointed Taoiseach Leo Varadkar “interfered” in the planning process. Michael Clohessy, director of Clare Coastal Wind Power, said his company would be “reviewing this situation” after Mr Varadkar told an audience in Washington DC, including the US president, that he intervened on Mr Trump’s behalf regarding the wind farm planned for near Doonbeg. The Co Clare company’s proposal . . . Complete story »

March 16, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Clare council says Leo Varadkar made no official intervention over Doonbeg wind farm

Clare County Council has said there was no official representation by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the planning application of a proposed Co Clare wind farm that Donald Trump was unhappy with. Speaking at a luncheon in Washington D.C. yesterday, Varadkar said that he inquired about the planning permission for the wind farm after he received a call from then businessman Trump. Varadkar was Minister for Tourism and Sport at the time of the call and said yesterday that when he . . . Complete story »

March 16, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Bord na Móna to press ahead with Derryadd wind farm despite development levy hike

Bord na Móna has said it is remained focused on pressing ahead with its plans to construct a multi million euro wind farm in south Longford despite attempts by local politicians to hike development levies over their introduction. County Councillors voted to introduce a charge of €70,000 per Megawatt (MW) for non domestic wind turbines at its monthly meeting last night (Wednesday). That came on foot of an appeal by Cllr Mark Casey who called on his fellow councillors to . . . Complete story »

March 15, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines ‘greater potential to divide this country and these parishes than the civil war’

Serious concerns over the possibility of 32 wind turbines being erected in the Knockanore area of West Waterford were expressed by councillors at the March Dungarvan/Lismore District meeting on Monday last. Cllr James Tobin was the first councillor to raise the issue – his question to Jim O’Mahony, senior planner for Waterford County Council was ‘how long can a temporary mast for analysing wind power be in place for in an area’. “I’d like to know what date did they . . . Complete story »

March 8, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Operator loses High Court challenge to north Meath wind turbines refusal

A wind farm operator has lost a High Court challenge to a refusal of permission for 25 turbines – which would be among the tallest in the country – in north Meath. North Meath Wind Farm (NWF), and its shareholder, Element Power Ireland (EPI), brought the challenge against An Bord Pleanála over a refusal for the wind turbines at Castletownmoor, about 2.9km north of Kells. A central feature of NWF/EPI’s challenge was over an alleged error and another admitted error . . . Complete story »

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