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Wind Fraud

In Australia, Senator John Madigan continues to expose the fraudulent goings on in the wind industry. This time he has demonstrated that a wind company used methodologically flawed acoustic test reports to secure planning permission for an industrial wind farm. … Continue reading

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Low Frequency Noise – for Beginners (like me)

In a previous blog I spoke about the Portuguese Supreme Court ordering the removal of four turbines after the dramatic effect on a family’s health. This is the lead researcher doing a well-explained presentation on the investigation that they conducted.

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Well Done John!

You might remember that in a previous blog I disagreed with Judge Caroline Costello’s finding against John Callaghan that Mr. Callaghan (and other members of the public) did not have the right to make representations to An Bord Pleanala (ABP) … Continue reading

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FACT: Wind Turbines Make You Sick.

I have just finished reading a fascinating article “Low Frequency Noise-Induced Pathology: Contributions Provided by the Portuguese Wind Turbine Case” written by Nuno A. A. Castelo Branco, MD, Senior Surgical Pathologist; Mariana Alves-Pereira, PhD, Biomedical Engineer; Augusto Martinho Pimenta, MD, … Continue reading

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Opposing Extensions

Another method of opposing planning permission for wind farms has presented itself: challenging a decision to grant an application for extension of planning permission. . A planning permission usually has a lifetime of five years from the date of the final … Continue reading

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Flexing Our Mussels – People Over Wind and others vs An Bord Pleanala

Amandla Awethu! . This was the cry that used to begin all public (and clandestine) meetings in South Africa during the dark days and the struggle against the apartheid regime. Pronounced “aah-mun-dluh  are-where-too” it means “Power to the People” and … Continue reading

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An Opportunity Missed – Callaghan vs. An Bord Pleanála and the Attorney-General

Judgment was delivered by the High Court (Costello J.) on 11 June 2015 in the application for leave to judicially review the decision of An Bord Pleanála to designate the North Meath Wind Farm a Strategic Infrastructure Development (SID). . … Continue reading

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Can An Bord Pleanála condone a defective application?

As a rule it can be said that An Bord Pleanála (ABP) have very little discretion, and this mostly involves their conduct of public / oral hearings, and only if they decide to hold the hearing at all (See sections … Continue reading

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O’Grianna and others v. An Bord Pleanala – Part 2

“Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.”   (Jonathan Swift) . You will remember the judgment of Peart J. in O’Grianna and others v. An Bord Pleanala [2014] IEHC 632 which was … Continue reading

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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 brings in the heavies

  In its glossy brochure, “Reviewing and improving our public consultation process”. one of the better satirical publications of 2014; EirGrid set out three themes as to how it needed to improve its dealings with the public. . Theme 2 … Continue reading

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Rural Communities under attack from the State

I received a letter from a member of the Ratheniska community which is battling An Bord Pleanala, the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, and EirGrid in their plan to build a massive substation which is intended to be … 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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Wind Farms Are Dangerous – and NOTHING is being done about it.

  A previous blog highlighted some of the wind turbine disasters in Ireland and the failure of the lawmakers to bring out Safety Regulations governing wind farms or indeed the failure of the Health and Safety Authority to publish a … Continue reading

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Breaking the Law

“All lawful modes of expressing opposition to this principle had been closed by legislation, and we were placed in a position in which we had either to accept a permanent state of inferiority, or to defy the Government. We chose … Continue reading

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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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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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Paying for our water

Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2000 (the “Water Directive”), had as its aim the development of an integrated EU policy on water. The EU recognised that “waters in the Community are under … Continue reading

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