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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.

September 6, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Major Offaly windfarm gets go ahead

An Bord Pleanála has given the go ahead for a major wind farm comprising 21 turbines of up to 185 metres in height in West Offaly The Derrinlough windfarm, to be developed by Bord Na Mona Powergen Ltd, is to be located on part of the Clongawny and Drinagh bogs close to the existing peat briquette factory near Cloghan. The approval by An Bord Pleanála earlier this week is subject to 29 conditions and was made under legislation governing strategic . . . Complete story »

September 3, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines will spoil historic Kilkenny views, objectors say

Community campaigners are making a last-ditch plea to councillors to reject plans to designate the rural hinterland of Kilkenny city suitable for wind turbines. Objectors say a wind energy company is scoping out the area and could bring 180-metre turbines that would be visible from the medieval city, spoiling the backdrop to its historic landmarks. They also fear the turbines would overshadow their homes, devalue properties and diminish their enjoyment of what should be a peaceful, scenic setting. Kilkenny councillors . . . Complete story »

September 2, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Massive wind farm gets planning approval in Offaly

An Bord Pleanala has given a ten year permission for a wind farm consisting of 21 wind turbines at Derrinlough and other townlands in Offaly. The turbines will be arranged in two clusters across two bog sites, Clongawny Bog to the west of the N62 and Drinagh Bog to the east; both are part of the Boora peat production bog group in Co. Offaly. Approximately 29.3 km of access road will be constructed within the site including the upgrade of . . . Complete story »

August 28, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Plan for Offaly wind farm ‘profoundly disappointing’ – Nolan

Independent TD for Laois-Offaly, Carol Nolan, has described plans by Offaly County Council to pave the way for the construction of a large wind turbine development at Lemanaghan Bog as “profoundly disappointing and frustrating” for those who campaigned to retain the site’s historical and archaeological value. The project is being spearheaded by Bord na Móna. Deputy Nolan was speaking after the chief executive of the county council confirmed that the council would be rejecting opposition to a material alteration of . . . Complete story »

August 27, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Council chief rejects calls for wind turbine ban on Offaly bog

The chief executive of Offaly County Council has rejected calls for a ban on wind turbines at Lemanaghan Bog. The bog is part of a large area of west Offaly currently designated as ‘open for consideration’ for wind energy and its owner, Bord na Mona, hopes to install 17 turbines there. The County Council was flooded with hundreds of objections to zoning the bog as suitable for a wind farm with most of the opponents citing its proximity to the . . . Complete story »

August 24, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Waterford councillor’s shock at 461 email objections to off-shore wind projects

Ireland’s ttitude towards renewable energy options has been questioned by a Waterford councillor who admitted she was astonished by a tidal wave of objections to off-shore wind energy proposals. Waterford-based Green Party official Councillor Susan Gallagher revealed she received just a single email supporting her position on wind power – but was swamped by 461 email objections. Councillor Gallagher said that while she expected some objections to onshore wind energy proposals, she was astonished by the number of objections to . . . Complete story »

August 19, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

New wind farm project planned for Cork border

Backers of a massive new windfarm project planned for a remote area just inside the Kerry border have sent information leaflets to community groups in the Múscraí Gaeltacht to outline their proposals. The windfarm at Cummeennabuddoge (Coimín na Bodóige) is to be located on a large site of 890 hectares 5km north west of the Gaeltacht village of Baile Mhúirne, according to the information leaflet issued by backers Coillte and SSE Renewables. The windfarm will comprise of 19 turbines and . . . Complete story »

August 17, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Bord na Mona accused of whitewash over Offaly wind farm opposition

Independent TD for Laois Offaly Carol Nolan has said that there is a sense of profound and bitter disappointment after Bord na Mona released information on how it plans to advance the project design for 17 turbines with an overall tip height of 220 metres for the proposed Leamonaghan Wind Farm development. Deputy Nolan said that the plans have left campaigners stunned by the scale and visual impact of the turbines and she has reiterated her call for the plans . . . Complete story »

August 17, 2021 • Ireland, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy and local communities

David McWilliams (Opinion, August 14th) champions the “western seaboard from Donegal to Dingle” as Europe’s future Saudi Arabia due to wind-generated electricity. The situation on the ground here along the western seaboard is not so rosy. Much electricity generated in wind farms never reaches the national grid, particularly at night when turbine noise is at its most damaging to residents. There is no Government-led national plan identifying the most economical areas to locate tax-subsidised wind farms and to keep them . . . Complete story »

August 17, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Anger over weather mast as Monasterevin wind farm appeal decision is due

A number of Monasterevin residents living near a site where a wind farm was refused planning permission were astonished to see an 80m mast erected there at the end of last month. Kildare County Council’s decision to refuse permission for the development at Ummeras had been appealed to An Bord Pleanala. A decision is not due from the board until tomorrow, August 17. The Monasterevin and Rathangan Wind Awareness group contacted Statkraft, the company behind the project, to find out . . . Complete story »

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