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Ireland: Protest winds are blowing

Valerie Robinson — The Irish News — March 1, 2014

With communities all over Ireland increasingly affected by wind farms, there is concern, confusion and growing anger about overall policy and planning for wind energy

RURAL community groups across Ireland will gather in Dublin on Wednesday to protest against proposals to build large-scale wind farms on both sides of the border.

Anti-turbine and pylon protestors will march from Parnell Square to Leinster House as part of a “concerted effort in making a stand against the government and their plan to industrialise our counties”. This week a delegation representing northern groups visited Stormont to hand in their submissions to the environment committee’s wind energy inquiry. Yesterday was the deadline for submissions.

Accompanied by Aidan Campbell of the Rural Community network, the delegation met environment minister Mark H Durkan to outline their concerns regarding the effectiveness of existing planning guidelines in terms of regulating wind development in northern Ireland. “The current planning policy provides inadequate protection for the amenity and health of the resident community in northern Ireland,” a delegation spokesperson said.

That view echoed the concerns of groups around the island who fear planning regulations do not offer robust protection as governments come under pressure to cut fossil-fuel use to meet the european Union’s looming CO2 targets.  Continue reading here….

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One Comment on “Ireland: Protest winds are blowing”

  1. cornwallwindwatch March 1, 2014 at 11:04 am #

    Reblogged this on Cornwall Wind Watch and commented:
    Celtic Uprising against Wind Farms- it is only a matter of time.

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