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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

January 11, 2023 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm for North Cork refused planning

A six-turbine windfarm for north Cork has been refused planning permission by Cork County Council. Annagh Wind Farm Limited lodged plans with the Council on December 2, 2021, for planning permission to construct six wind turbines with a blade tip height of 175m at locations in Annagh North, Coolcaum, Fiddane, Cooliney, Rathnacally, Farranshonikeen, Ardnageehy and Clashganniv, County Cork. The turbines would have had a rotor diameter of 150m and a hub height of 100m. Planning was requested for a 10-year . . . Complete story »

December 12, 2022 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Energy firm to fight notice over disputed wind turbine on site of Neolithic burial site at Knock Iveagh

A long-running dispute over the erection of a wind turbine at a historic site in Co Down has taken a new twist. The turbine was erected on the top of Knock Iveagh near Rathfriland in 2017. Heritage campaigners were furious planning permission had been granted for the turbine on a 5,000-year-old Neolithic burial site which was also used for the coronation of early medieval kings. It has now emerged the company which owns the turbine, Ayr Power Ltd, has been . . . Complete story »

December 12, 2022 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Sliabh Bawn visitors warned of ice falling from wind turbines

Visitors to Sliabh Bawn are being warned of the risk of ice falling from the wind turbines on the mountain. The recent cold spell has resulted in ice forming on the turbines and as the sun prompts a thaw, there is an increased risk of ice falling from the turbines’ blades. The Sliabh Bawn Community Amenity Group has advised anyone visiting the mountain to take extreme care and caution over the course of the cold spell, especially around the turbines . . . Complete story »

November 29, 2022 • Ireland, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Liquidators appointed to wind turbine services firm

The company was insolvent and unable to pay its debts as they fall due, the judge said. The High Court has appointed joint provisional liquidators to an Irish-based firm that is part of a group of companies that provides mechanical and electrical services to power generating wind turbines manufacturers. The appointments were made in respect of Windhoist Ireland Limited, which had been working on a windfarm project, currently under construction at Ardderroo, near Moycullen in Co Galway. The firm has . . . Complete story »

November 23, 2022 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Couples sue over ‘constant noise and nuisance’ from wind turbines near Wexford homes

Two couples have brought High Court damages actions over what they claim is nuisance and excessive noise from a wind farm near their Co Wexford homes. The actions have been brought by Margret Webster and her partner Keith Rollo, as well as by Ross Shorten and Joan Carty, against Meenacloghspar (Wind) Limited, which operates the two-turbine Ballyduff Wind Farm at Kilcomb, near Enniscorthy in Co Wexford. The plaintiffs both have properties close to the wind farm which has been in . . . Complete story »

November 18, 2022 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed west Clare windfarm is refused fast-track planning

A windfarm development proposed for a site in west Clare will not be fast-tracked, An Bord Pleanála has decided. Whitebeam Renewables had made a case to allow plans for six turbines, an energy storage unit and a substation to go directly to the board, under the provisions of the Strategic Infrastructure Act. The development is earmarked for a site covering the townlands of Doolough, Glenmore and Cahermurphy, 4.5km north of Kilmihil. In a decision made earlier this month, the appeals . . . Complete story »

November 16, 2022 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Environmental worries over major wind farm in county Cork

The Council’s planning authority assessment is that the project “would ultimately result in the loss of a significant area of (a habitat) and thus further reduce the extent of these diminishing and pressurised habitats at both County and National level.”  The proposed development by Gortyrahilly Wind Designated Activity Company involves the construction of 14 wind turbines with 110kv electrical substation and all related site works. The plans are for installations in an area about 4.5kms west of Ballyvourney and about . . . Complete story »

November 16, 2022 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Concerns regarding proposed wind farm raised by some residents of upland Kilkenny

Concerns are being raised by some on the outskirts of Kilkenny city who are opposed to turbines which are expected to be installed. EDF Renewables is to lodge a planning application next year for its Freneystown Wind Farm on a proposed site west of Castlewarren village and northeast of Kilkenny city in a move, the company says, could power more than 35,000 homes. Image: https://www.edf-re.ie/our-sites/freneystown/ EDF Renewables Ireland Statement The company’s previously told KCLR News: “EDF Renewables Ireland is announcing plans . . . Complete story »

November 14, 2022 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm proposal should be rejected Cork County Council tells An Bord Pleanála

Planning officials at Cork County Council have recommended that a windfarm which is proposed for a location in the Múscraí Gaeltacht and straddling the border with Kerry should be rejected by An Bord Pleanála because it would have an adverse impact on local ecological diversity. The 14 turbine wind farm has been proposed for Gort Uí Rathaille/Gortyrahilly between the villages of Cúil Aodha and Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh with turbine height being 185m. As the proposed development has been designated a . . . Complete story »

November 2, 2022 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Open season’ for wind turbines, after ministerial direction, councillors say

It is now “open season” for wind turbine developers following a directive to Westmeath County Council to scrap a clause in its County Development Plan governing separation distance of turbines from houses. The directive was issued by Mullingar minister, Peter Burke, on September 28 with immediate effect and the “matter is now closed”, members heard last week. They declared the directive “a slap in the face” to them and to the thousands who had come out in protest at wind . . . Complete story »

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