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TDs should listen to communities and support wind turbines vote – Carthy

8 April, 2014 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy has called on all TDs to listen to their communities and support the Sinn Féin Bill in the Dáil on the regulation of industrial wind turbines.

Speaking in Longford today the MEP candidate for the Midlands Northwest said:

“Communities are rightly concerned about the impact that large-scale industrial wind turbines could have on their homes.

“These communities have fought hard for their voices to be heard and have been kicked back time and again by the government.

“Across the counties affected Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil representatives are telling local communities what they think they want to hear. But these three parties, when in government, have failed to address community concerns and have instead allowed the state's entire renewable energy strategy to be dictated by private wind energy firms.

“Sinn Féin is listening to these communities by pushing the issue to a vote in the Dáil tomorrow night.

“Our Bill is common-sense and puts communities at the heart of decision-making processes. It attempts to impose proper regulation of all aspects of wind turbine construction. This includes proper zoning of areas for wind turbine developments, the duties of planning authorities, setback distances and the responsibility of decommissioning wind turbines.

“I am calling on all TDs from all parties to do the right thing, stand up for their communities and vote in favour of the Sinn Féin Bill this week.”

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