Articles from Ireland

Facebook backs new Tipperary wind farm for its energy needs

Facebook will help develop a new wind farm in Co Tipperary to power its expanding data centre campus in Clonee, Co Meath, and its European headquarters in Dublin. ...Other tech giants based here are sponsoring their own wind farms to generate electricity for the national grid that can be offset against their own consumption, particularly by data centres. Amazon already has partnered with a Donegal wind farm and plans to do the same at a second farm under development in Cork.
8 Aug 2020

Objector to wind-farm development brings legal challenge

The board has yet to decide whether or not to grant permission and the case is over its decision to categorise it as a strategic infrastructural development. The challenge is by Paddy Massey, chairman of a local residents group that opposes the proposed development involving a total of 17 turbines on the two sites.
25 Jul 2020

No windfarm here

Furious residents in East Kerry say they are prepared to fight until the bitter end to oppose plans for a windfarm close to their homes after it emerged that plans are underway for another windfarm in the county. Land-owners in the region have been approached for land to develop a potential windfarm and The Kerryman understands that a number of contracts have already been signed setting plans in motion. However, no planning permission has yet been sought.
15 Jul 2020

Locals raise concerns over East Clare wind farm consultations

“I understand that people may be enticed by financial opportunities,” she said. “That is a matter for themselves. I thought at first that this was something we were going to have to live with, but when I look out my window and see the beautiful view, I’m not so sure. I don’t want to be a NIMBY, but I don’t want people to be caught unawares. People need to be informed about what’s happening.”
20 Jun 2020

Siblings who became ill next to wind farm settle case

The Kellehers claimed they started experiencing health problems in and around their family farm from May 2016 and had to move out of their home in November 2016. ...They claimed their symptoms eased after they moved away but returned if they spent any time attending at or assisting on the family farm. The defendants denied the claims, denied any breach of constitutional rights and said the wind farm was operated in a lawful manner.
26 Feb 2020

Ireland pays €5m fine over Derrybrien wind farm failure

These sanctions, amounting to €105,000 every week, will not be lifted until the ESB completes a retrospective environmental impact assessment at the development. The ECJ ruling said the breaches of environmental standards were a matter of "indisputable seriousness". The court said the Irish response had been delayed, insufficient and unjustified.
5 Feb 2020

Angry residents object to proposed wind farm near Mountmellick

The meeting in Mountmellick heard concerns about the height of the turbines, the noise they make and the flicker effect on nearby dwellings. Health and safety of the people in the surrounding areas was also high on the agenda. A number of people said the company did not consult widely and that a booklet distributed to some residents contained information “not conveying the true state of serious side effects from such monstrosities”.
31 Jan 2020

€5m fine for wind farm disaster to double with €15,000 a day penalties

The 70-turbine wind farm, owned by Gort Windfarms, a company owned by ESB, was built in the Slieve Aughty Mountains between Gort and Loughrea, Co Galway in 2003 without proper environmental impact assessment. A landslide occurred during construction which caused major damage and is thought to have contributed to severe flooding the following year.
7 Jan 2020

Anti-wind farm group says new turbine guidelines are ‘not fit for purpose’

“Evidence to date has clearly shown that the measures proposed will simply not protect families from the negative health impacts of industrial-scale wind turbines. They will condemn families to unnecessary lifelong misery, resulting in a massive waste of people’s time, energy, community money and a clogging of the courts. Communities will not stop fighting this injustice; these guidelines are unacceptable."
4 Jan 2020

Wind farm costs to rise under new rules - IWEA

The Irish Wind Energy Association has criticised proposed new rules for onshore wind farm development, claiming it will be "more difficult and more expensive" to construct projects under the plans. The rules would see new standards for noise, mandatory community consultations, a minimum setback distance of 500 metres from any residential property in the vicinity of a new development, and other measures.
13 Dec 2019

Court orders Waterford wind farm must be put on 'standby mode'

On Friday, Mr Justice Simons said the developer was precluded by law from re-agitating the argument that the as built turbines are authorised by a 2011 planning permission. The developer had a full opportunity to make its case before the board and it did not challenge the decision they were not exempt under Section 5 of the Planning and Development Act 2000, he said. The developer could not, therefore, reopen the board’s findings in the High Court proceedings. 
6 Dec 2019

State fined €5m over Co Galway wind farm

The wind farm was regarded as one of the largest in the EU when a landslide occurred during its construction in October 2003 by an ESB subsidiary, Hibernian Wind Power. At the time, large areas of forest and peat up to a depth of 5.5 metres on the top of the Cashlaundrumlahan mountain had been removed, causing the 2km-long “environmentally devastating” slide. Fish were killed and waterways polluted when half a million tonnes of peat and debris was displaced.
12 Nov 2019

Fishermen unite to resist vast windfarm

People are just looking at the map and saying, ‘oh my god, this is where I fish,’ so there’s a sense of panic. “We only heard about this when the applications were lodged,” Ms McIntyre said. “You must understand how huge this was: it was a complete and utter shock. It’s only in the last few weeks that people are realising how big these are going to be. The biggest wind turbines in the world.”
11 Nov 2019

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