Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael turn their back on rural communities – Stanley
Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Communications, Climate Action and Environment Brian Stanley TD has said that it is extremely disappointing that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have rejected legal protections on wind farm developments and have simply ignored the huge concerns across rural Ireland.
The Laois TD said:
“Wind farms with giant turbines are continuing to get planning permission in locations too close to people’s homes. The Sinn Féin Bill wanted a legal setback distance for wind turbines of 10 times the height of the turbine. Both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil voted against this and other legal protections in the Dáil today.
“Both parties cited the upcoming Wind Turbine Guidelines as the mechanism to use. We are waiting over 5 years for these guidelines. The Minister for Environment Denis Naughten said this week in the Dáil these will not be legally binding, so rural Ireland is denied legal protections from the large wind turbine industry in the future.
“The Sinn Féin Bill also contained provisions in terms of noise and shadow flicker as well as optional community ownership. If Fianna Fáil had of voted in favour of this Bill, it would have passed and legal rights could have been given to rural dwellers throughout this state. It is disappointing they have taken this decision.”