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Project Splitting

“Planning must be open and communicative, but often it is closed. Planning must be participatory and democratic, but often it is an instrument to dominate and control. Planning must be about rationality, but often it is about power. … This … Continue reading

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Paying for Electricity

I find it extraordinary that a hundred thousand people marched on Dublin about the water charges, and yet despite the fact that the Irish citizen is charged one of the highest electricity prices in the world, we pay our ESB … Continue reading

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A Farewell to Pensions

The National Pensions Reserve Fund (NPRF) was established by the National Pensions Reserve Fund Act No 33 0f 2000 by the then Minister of Finance, Charlie McCreevy. Its intended purpose was to prepare for the ever-increasing pensions bill of the … Continue reading

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How many PR consultants does it take to change a light bulb?

I should have a warm and fuzzy feeling inside me after reading the self-congratulatory publication by EirGrid “Reviewing and improving our public consultation process”. It has become obvious that I, and thousands like me, have been completely wrong about EirGrid. … Continue reading

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Are windfarms “torture farms”?

Professor Alun Evans, from the Centre of Public Health at Queen’s University Belfast, is a leader into the research of ‘wind turbine syndrome’ – symptoms include sleep deprivation, anxiety, nausea and physical conditions such as vertigo. Last year he co-authored … Continue reading

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Windfarms and the Irish Horse Racing Industry

The thoroughbred industry in Ireland is highly successful and globally competitive. It directly employs approximately 14,000 individuals and thousands more indirectly. It made a direct economic contribution of nearly €1.1 billion to the Irish economy in 2012. Love them or … Continue reading

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KNOCKNAMONA WINDFARM APPEAL – Please help!!

KNOCKNAMONA WINDFARM APPEAL The application by Ecopower Development Limited to build twelve monster wind turbines on the scenic Drumhills at Knocknamona caused a huge public outrage in the County of Waterford. . No less than 270 objections were lodged with … Continue reading

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Are windfarms safe?

There is an old joke where a young lad asks “Grandad, did you have health and safety in your day?” to which grandad replies, “Of course. It was called common sense”. There is a lot of truth in that joke. … Continue reading

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ESB versus EirGrid – again

In an earlier blog I suggested that the interests of the ESB and EirGrid were on a collision course, particularly as the ESB want to continue running their cash-cow Moneypoint for as long as possible, whereas the Grid25 Project aims … Continue reading

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The Aarhus Treaty – act now

I do not pretend to be an expert on the Aarhus Convention. The Irish authority on that subject is Dr. Aine Ryall of UCC (see http://environmentaljustice.ie/) and of course ‘our very own’ Mr Pat Swords, who has been waging a … Continue reading

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Showdown at Drumhills

Ecopower Developments Limited have applied to the Waterford City/County Council to build 12 wind turbines in the area known as the Drumhills. The Planning File reference is 14600109. Already there is a flood of objections to this latest episode of … Continue reading

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Sean Kelly reaffirms his support for the Anti-Pylon Groups

(Photo: thanks to Sean Byrne) The great Sean Kelly publically confirmed his support for the Comeragh Against Pylons community group made up of volunteers doing battle with EirGrid and associated wind turbine companies. CAP released this press statement: The Sean … Continue reading

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WTF EirGrid?

  Why The Flip, EirGrid? After repeatedly promising to specifically respond to individual concerns raised in the 35000(+) submissions regarding the GridLink Project, EirGrid have, after months and months of waiting, issued a one-size-fits-all response. The only piece of original … Continue reading

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A very important judgment: Eamon (Ted) Kelly vs An Bord Pleanala

Court judgments are often confusing to read as cases are not linear – they are more like Russian dolls, they come in layers. The judge is not only concerned with the decision in front of him or her because a … Continue reading

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Comment on “EirGrid and information to the public”

I received such a well-written comment from one of my regular followers, Mick Foley of Kildare Against Pylons, in response to my latest blog “EirGrid and information  to the public” that I thought I would publish it in full. I … Continue reading

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Blog Awards Ireland

Thank you very much to the loyal readers who nominated me for this award. Although I am only on the Long List (http://www.blogawardsireland.com/) it is still a welcome recognition. This type of blog is a fairly thankless task as it … Continue reading

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Update from Pat Swords

Pat Swords continues his battle against the madness that is the National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP) and more particularly the failure of the EU and the Irish Government to consult (at all) with the Irish public about the Plan … Continue reading

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It’s called Aarhus, arsehole!

I apologise for the crude title of this blog. It is an expression of my frustration in having to deal with the sheer thick-headedness of government and EirGrid officials on this question. As you are no doubt aware, the Aarhus … Continue reading

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