Vote on Wind Turbine Bill ‘a slap in the face to rural Ireland’ – Nolan
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Community and Rural Development Carol Nolan TD has slammed Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael for voting against the Wind Turbine Bill put forward by Sinn Féin, which proposes a 10 to 1 minimum setback distance for wind turbines.
Teachta Nolan said:
“I am disappointed but not entirely surprised that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael voted to reject the Wind Turbine Bill put forward by my colleague, Brian Stanley TD.
“This Bill put forward a number of proposals to create a legal framework for wind farm development.
“It proposed a setback distance of ten times the height of the turbine in order to protect rural dwellers.
“It proposed greater consultation with local communities and provisions to protect against noise and shadow flicker.
“Many rural communities have suffered as wind energy development has expanded rapidly in the absence of appropriate regulation to protect local communities.
“In effect, wind energy companies have been allowed to run amok though rural Ireland.
“Once again, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have shown that they cannot be trusted to stand up for rural communities, despite all the rhetoric to the contrary.
“The vote today is a slap in the face to rural Ireland as Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have rejected reasonable proposals to protect rural communities from unregulated wind development.”