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The Scare Tactics of the Wind Industry

One of the most commonly-used tactics of domination by modern governments is to keep their citizens in a state of perpetual terror by continuously announcing doomsday scenarios, and then use these apparent threats to justify increasingly oppressive governance. We now … Continue reading

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EirGrid’s “new” Development Strategy – what it really means

In response to ever-increasing legal, political and economic pressure, the Department of Conservation, Energy and Natural Resources have released another glossy publication through their mouthpiece EirGrid. . The document is largely technical mumbo-jumbo on which I am not qualified to … Continue reading

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The Business Plan of the Wind Industry

The wind industry is here to make money. As we are in a capitalist economy, that is its prerogative. I just wish it would be honest about its true motive instead of portraying itself as an eco-warrior, which wind farmers … Continue reading

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Setback Distances from Wind Turbines / Wind Farms

Due to a huge number of submissions from rural homeowners and the wind industry, new guidelines stipulating where wind farms can be built were not published last year. According to the Department of the Environment, over 7,500 submissions were received … Continue reading

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Consultation on the Green Paper

The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) is holding its final regional workshop on the Green Paper on Energy Policy next Friday, 27th February at the Brandon House Hotel in New Ross, commencing at 09.30am. See details at … Continue reading

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Are EirGrid overly “commercially sensitive”?

You will remember that in a previous blog “The ESB has insurance against EMF” I discussed the results of an Access to Information on the Environment (“AIE”) request made by a group of concerned citizens to the ESB concerning their … Continue reading

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The Great EIS Swindle

An environmental impact statement (EIS) should be carried out in such a way that it is a useful tool for decision-making on planning applications. It should accurately and fairly describe the positive and negative environmental effects of a proposed project, … 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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EirGrid and information to the public

In 2007, a Report commissioned by the Department of the Marine, Communications and Natural Resources, entitled “Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields”, recommended that although the risk was not severe enough to move existing (110 and 220 kV) lines away from … 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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Is EirGrid an ‘illegal organisation’? – Part 2

I have written an article questioning whether EirGrid is an “illegal organisation”. The article is published in the Irish Law Times in three parts, with Part 1 to be found at pages 81-85 of Volume 32 (2014), and now Part … Continue reading

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