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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.

March 20, 2018 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Council accused of failing to protect ‘Royal Hill’

Campaigners calling for the removal of a wind turbine at Knock Iveagh outside Rathfriland say they are deeply concerned by the failure of planners at Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to take action and halt development. Knock Iveagh is the site of a large scheduled monument, a Neolithic burial cairn, and archaeological experts believe it was the location for ritual ‘Royal’ inaugurations going back thousands of years. It is understood there are currently four council enforcement cases against planning . . . Complete story »

February 18, 2018 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm electricity poles vandalised as £50,000 grants given

Electricity poles on the grid route for a new wind farm outside Brookeborough were vandalised in the same month that the wind farm released £50,000 into the local community. The company behind the Teiges Mountain Wind Farm project has reported the incident to police. Speaking to The Impartial Reporter this week, a spokesman for Energia said: “Regrettably, NIE Networks advised us that a number of electric poles on the grid route have recently been vandalised. In line with company policy, . . . Complete story »

February 3, 2018 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm noise complaints highest in Omagh district

The number of complaints received for wind farm noise is significantly higher in Omagh and Fermanagh District than any other council area. According to latest statistics from DAERA, there was a total of 13 noise complaints made as a result of wind turbines (individual) in the Omagh and Fermanagh area. This was significantly higher than the five complaints made in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, five in Mid-Ulster and five in the Newry, Mourne and Down district. Overall, Belfast district was . . . Complete story »

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 »

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