Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has called on the government to bring the Wind Turbine Regulation Bill to committee stage as a matter of priority.
Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Colreavy said:
“Recently, thousands of people marched through the streets of Dublin to Leinster House to protest against the government’s energy policy.
“The government’s current policy is heavily reliant on wind energy as a source of renewable power.
“While wind energy has a part to play in Ireland’s electricity demands, it is not the answer to all our problems.
“Sinn Féin introduced the Wind Turbine Regulation Bill to address a number of concerns surrounding wind energy.
“It curtails the exporting of renewable energy from Ireland while Ireland is heavily reliant on fossil fuels.
“It imposes proper setback distances for wind turbines from dwellings, a minimum of ten times the height of a turbine from a home.
“The bill also imposes proper planning regulations and ensures that developments must be consistent with County Development Plans.
“I have called on the Taoiseach to bring this bill to committee stage as a priority to show to the communities concerned that the government’s actions are not blatant electioneering.”