The Fightin’ Irish Go to War Over Wind Farm Plans for Emerald Isle

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The Fightin’ Irish on the Warpath.

There aren’t many guarantees in life – death and taxes spring to mind: to which can be added community opposition to giant fans.

Wherever wind farms have appeared – or have been threatened – big numbers of locals take a set against the monsters being speared into their previously peaceful – and often idyllic – rural communities. Their anger extends to the goons that lied their way to development approval – and the bent officials that rubber-stamped their applications and who, thereafter, help the operators ride roughshod over locals’ rights to live in and enjoy the peace and comfort of their own homes and properties.

More than 2,000 groups have sprung up all over the Globe to fight-back against the great wind power fraud (see our post here).

The Scots are on the brink of another round of Highland wars (see our posts here and here and here).

The Danes are suing and being awarded substantial compensation for turbine noise impacts on the value of their homes (see our post here).

The Taiwanese aren’t afraid to take a beating from developers’ goons in order to prevent fans from going up (see our posts here and here).

In the USA, locals are joining forces to take their persecutors to court to either prevent wind farms from being built or to have them shut down to allow them to sleep (see our posts here and here). Among those Americans taking developers to court is a group of Texans being paid as turbine hosts who are suing for remedies in nuisance (see our post here).

Canadians in Ontario are on the brink of open revolt against the hard-green-left nutjobs that have wrecked their economy and environment – as covered in the brilliant Sun News documentary, Down Wind (see our posts here and here and here and here).

In Australia, dozens of threatened communities are united in their efforts to drive a stake through the wind industry’s heart (see our posts here and here and here).

What makes them angrier still, is knowing that all that actual or threatened grief and suffering is for nothing: rather than being an answer to the planet’s prayers, wind power represents the greatest economic and environmental fraud of all time (see our post here).

The power produced by wind farms comes at crazy, random intervals and is, therefore, of no commercial value: it would never find a market without mandated targets, massive subsidies or whopping penalties (see our post here).

And, despite big claims, the wind industry has never produced a shred of evidence to show that wind power reduces CO2 emissions in the electricity sector; principally because it can’t (see our post here).

The Irish have already hit the streets to bring an end to the fraud: some 10,000 stormed Dublin back in April. The sense of anger in Ireland – as elsewhere – is palpable (see our post here).

Now they’re tooling up for a raft of litigation in order to prevent the construction of wind farms, wherever they’ve been threatened on the Emerald Isle. Here’s the Sunday Independent on the escalating wind farm wars in Ireland.

Communities’ €50,000 war chests to fight wind farms
Sunday Independent
John Drennan
28 September 2014

Rural groups across the country have embarked on a new fundraising drive to pay for a series of High Court challenges to controversial wind-farm and pylon projects, the Sunday Independent has learned.

Activists claim amounts of up to €50,000 are being raised by individual communities to mount up to a dozen new challenges before the end of the year.

The renewed rural revolt comes amid a growing belief among protesters that the Government and An Bord Pleanala are not defending the interests of small rural communities.

There are currently six groups challenging An Bord Pleanala decisions on various wind-farms projects in the courts.

However, one senior anti-wind farm activist said this was “just the tip of the iceberg”. He told the Sunday Independent: “There will be funds raised for a dozen challenges by the end of this year.”

Ongoing anger at the wind-farm and pylon plans was evident at the Ploughing Championships in Co Laois last week, where there were flash-mob demonstrations at the Fine Gael and Labour stands.

Labour Senator John Whelan, who has campaigned against wind farms, said: “The angry exchanges are indicative of how tormented ordinary citizens are by this issue.”

Such is the scale of rural anger over the ongoing threat to the landscape posed by wind farms and pylons, community groups have not found it difficult to secure the funding to mount the legal challenges.

The Co Laois village of Cullenagh alone raised €40,000 in just one week to fund its own High Court challenge.

Henry Fingleton, from the anti-wind farm group, Wind Aware, told the Sunday Independent: “It was astonishing. Once we decided to go to the courts to protect Cullenagh, 20 people immediately came up with €1,000 each. Ordinary citizens do not have that money, but people do not want to see their communities being destroyed, they cannot take the risk of not challenging these decisions.”

However, Senator Whelan lamented the fact that hard-pressed rural householders are having to dig deep into their own pockets to take on the State.

He told the Sunday Independent: “Communities are being sucked dry to make barristers wealthy as they take on a State and state bodies that now appear to be the enemy. This is diverting resources away from villages that could be used to build playgrounds for children or GAA clubhouses.

“Community groups are being driven to the courts by frustration over the abject failure of the planning process and a total absence of confidence in the political process.”

Anti-wind farm and pylon groups are now actively planning to punish the Coalition by targeting government seats in the next general election.

After a recent meeting of 85 local action groups in Co Laois, a further gathering has been planned where the protesters will “design a political strategy to focus on TDs whose seats are vulnerable”.

Mr Fingleton added: “One of the key actions coming to the next election will be to put pressure on Fine Gael. Until they feel that their seats are under threat and they are going to lose votes through this, they are not going to act in our interest.”

Another anti-wind farm protester warned it would be a “major issue” in next month’s Roscommon-South Leitrim by-election.

Tensions among rural groups have been exacerbated by delays in introducing proposed new stricter planning guidelines for pylons and wind farms. Some activists have reported that there has been here has been “a headlong rush of developers to get their applications in before the new regime comes in”.

One protester told the Sunday Independent: “In recent months in Tipperary alone there have been 14 applications alone for wind farms; we will have turbines at every crossroads in the county before this is done.”
Sunday Independent

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Comments

  1. Jim Hutson says:

    Senator Whelan lamented the fact that hard pressed rural householders are having to dig deep into their own pockets to take on the state…
    Am I missing something here, doesn’t the so called state belong to the people of the nation? Somehow the state has hijacked the people’s democratic rights, property values, rural amenity, driven people out of their own homes, condoned torture, by driving them insane with infrasound and placing everything possible in the way of the people trying to obtain justice, and denied any form of compensation for the wind turbine victims? The state has given into the Wind Industry’s every wish.

    As the State has been responsible for allowing this travesty of justice to occur I believe the state, who after all holds our tax payer dollars which they are giving away wholesale to wind turbine companies should now foot the legal costs of the people affected by these things, so that they can obtain adequate compensation in order to leave their properties if they so desire, with dignity and seek a new life away from Industrial wind turbines.

    • Jackie Rovenksy says:

      Jim
      I agree, I also believe the state should pay legal costs for those who want to fight these projects BEFORE they are installed.
      Why should law abiding citizens have to pay legal fees to try and protect their health and environment?
      When Governments at all levels make it so easy for these companies to achieve their desires, then it is up to those same Governments to pay for legal costs of their citizens to stop these companies. That or the Governments should create regulations whereby the citizens can present their case BEFORE it gets to court. It should be up to the companies to prove with unchallengeable evidence that these things do not and will not cause harm of any sort, and this should not rely on their so called expert evidence from companies they pay to cut and paste earlier reports for previous projects.
      It should not be up to the individual communities or citizens to prove these projects will damage them and their environment. Governments no matter where they are should be ensuring their citizens are protected, and the so called investment from these projects should be set aside and public health and the environment should take centre stage and not any form of energy production just because someone tags it with a ‘green’ label.

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