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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.

January 23, 2018 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Lord Iveagh joins call for ‘urgent intervention ’ at Knock Iveagh

The Friends of Knock Iveagh have appealed to the Department of Infrastructure to intervene as they continue their campaign against a wind turbine at Knock Iveagh outside Rathfriland. Experts believe that Knock Iveagh was the place where local ‘kings’ we re inaugurated and was considered a ‘sacred hill’. It is also the setting for a nationally important Neolithic burial cairn more than 5000 years old, which is a scheduled monument. In a letter sent to the Annaclone Historical Society, Lord . . . Complete story »

December 5, 2017 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Questions need to be answered, say Greens

The Green Party has called for an investigation into how planners gave the green light for construction of a wind turbine close to an ancient monument near Rathfriland. Acting chair for the South Down Green Party, Emma Cairns, said questions need to be answered about how the 150ft high turbine could have been raised at Knock Iveagh Cairn without any input from the department’s Historic Environment Division (HED). “Questions need to be answered as why such a major development was . . . Complete story »

December 4, 2017 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Twenty eight day stop on turbine plan near Knock Iveagh Cairn

A stop notice has been placed on further work to erect a wind turbine close to a protected neolithic monument in County Down. The decision was conveyed to councillors at an Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council meeting on Monday. No vote was taken and the matter was not discussed. It is believed it was made by legal officers to address issues raised in solicitors’ letters received by the council in respect of the development. A full decision is expected to . . . Complete story »

November 27, 2017 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Campaigners preparing to take legal action

Campaigners opposed to the construction of a wind turbine close to an ancient burial cairn in Rathfriland say they are preparing to take legal action in a bid to halt the controversial project. Concerned residents expressed “shock and dismay” after work began last week to erect the turbine close to the legally protected Knock Iveagh Neolithic burial site. Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has said it will not be serving an enforcement notice or a final stop notice . . . Complete story »

November 25, 2017 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Decision on windfarm overturned

A Hertfordshire based renewable energy developer has succeeded in overturning a decision by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council to refuse planning permission for a major wind farm near Drumquin. Ten 125 metre turbines are now set to be built on the mountainside as part of Dooish Wind Farm, which is owned by Doreen Walker. The project had been refused by planners last year, who cited concerns surrounding its visual impact on the landscape and breaches of noise limits. Planners also . . . Complete story »

November 24, 2017 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Sinn Féin call for public inquiry into wind turbine development near Neolithic cairn in Co Down

Sinn Féin has called for the immediate halting of work on a wind turbine near a Neolithic cairn in Co Down pending a public inquiry, after the council in charge of the site said it would no longer be intervening to prevent construction. Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council said it would not be extending a 28-day stop notice, which expired on Monday, which had been enforced on work near Knock Iveagh cairn near Rathfriland. The council introduced the . . . Complete story »

November 23, 2017 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Work begins on turbine near Knock Iveagh burial site

Work is under way to erect a controversial wind turbine near a protected Neolithic burial site in County Down. The work had been temporarily stopped by planners. But the temporary stop notice ran out at midnight on Monday. On Thursday morning, sections of the turbine were moved into position at Knock Iveagh near Banbridge ahead of assembly. It is a state care monument protected by law. Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon Council says it is still considering revocation of the turbine’s . . . Complete story »

November 22, 2017 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Green light for £37m Co Tyrone wind farm a decade after plans first drawn

A proposal for a major £37m wind farm has been given the go-ahead after an appeal decision almost a decade after plans were first drawn up, it can be revealed. The wind farm will see 10 turbines, each 125 metres tall, being built at Curraghamulkin in Co Tyrone. Last year, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council planning committee turned down the plans amid concerns over noise and the impact on the surrounding area. But now, the Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) has . . . Complete story »

November 21, 2017 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Planners reject turbine plans

Residents who have endured “years of noise disturbance” caused by a wind turbine say they are pleased with recent planning developments. Planners have rejected retrospective planning permission which proposed to keep the turbine in its current location which was not approved by planning. The wind turbine on the Newcastle Road, Castlewellan was erected in the latter months of 2013 and sits 90 metres away from its original site location approved by Planning Service in 2010. The turbine stands at 40m . . . Complete story »

November 15, 2017 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Sperrins wind farm refused – night sky museum approved

A wind farm plan near Davagh Forest has been rejected by councillors, who in the same week, took a major step closer to realising a major new ‘dark sky observatory’ in the forest. Permission was refused for the five 126.5 metre structures at Beltonanean at last week’s Planning Committee of Mid Ulster District Council. A joint venture between Dublin based Island Renewable Energy and Canadian firm Brookfield, which has its Irish base in Cork, the plan would have involved the . . . Complete story »

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