Tipperary Council Must Abandon Further Wind Energy Projects

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has added his support to motions calling on Tipperary County Council to place a moratorium on granting planning permission for any new wind farm developments, until a full review of current legislation and guidelines has been carried out. Deputy McGrath was speaking ahead of the planned Council meeting on Monday at which two related motions will be put forward for consideration and approval:

“I have had several very informative discussions recently with groups like the Suir Valley Environmental Group.

They are all telling me the same thing; that there are genuine concerns that the public consultation on the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme appears to be designed to favour the opinions of commercial and industrial concerns.

To my mind this is a totally unacceptable focus in terms of who will ultimately benefit from these policies.

Where does leave the local communities who will be left to live in the shadow of these giant turbines?

I also understand that there is a serious absence of up to date national guidelines and policies on wind energy.

In light of these factors it would certainly be irresponsible of the Council to continue to consider approving any further applications for wind energy projects in County Tipperary,” concluded Deputy McGrath.


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