Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Art, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, Sandra McLellan TD, has described the party’s Wind Turbine Regulations Bill, as "a solution based on a reasonable response to the challenges at local, national and international level.”
Speaking during the Dáil debate on the Wind Turbine Bill, McLellan said:
“While I welcome the government’s commitment not to oppose this bill tonight, I must sound a word of caution.
“This must not be a hollow election promise. Minister Rabbitte’s record on election promises leaves a lot to be desired.
“We must now see the bill being progressed as quickly as possible and it must be part of an overall energy strategy.
“In my own constituency in East Cork, there are plans to build 11 wind turbines. I applaud the residents of that rural area who have run an effective and informative campaign. I will continue to work with them until the situation is brought to a satisfactory conclusion.
“The blame for the fear and confusion that is in our communities lies fairly and squarely at the door of this government.
“It does not make any economic or environmental sense to export renewable energy from Ireland when we rely so heavily on fossil fuel consumption. There are signs from the Irish government that they want to re-engage with the British in an attempt to develop wind energy for export from Ireland.
“The goal of 16% of energy from renewable sources by the year 2020 will not be reached if the government continues to frantically sell off energy generated by wind turbines.
“Sinn Féin has always argued for the development of renewable energy as an alternative source to fossil fuel. However, there must be a varying amount of sources of renewable energy. Ireland cannot rely on wind energy alone and to guarantee energy security it must vary its renewable energy potential. Alternative sources must be explored in order to guarantee the security of supply into the future.
“The Wind Turbine Regulation Bill is a solution based on a reasonable response to the challenges at local, national and international level.”