Government inertia on Windfarm regulation continues - Brian Stanley TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Environment and Energy Brian Stanley TD, spoke in the Dáil today on the need for this Government to introduce windfarm regulations.
Deputy Stanley stated:
“The introduction of windfarm guidelines have been long promised by this government and the previous one.”
“The previous four Ministers failed to introduce any wind turbine development regulations, whilst this Government promised to address this issue within six months as a matter of priority.
“We are now entering the eighth month of this government without any regulations on the horizon.
“Meanwhile, large scale windfarm developments are ongoing in Counties, Laois, Offaly, Kildare and across the Midlands.
“It is not a complicated matter to introduce set-back distances and noise level limits.
“However when questioned in the Dáil Minister Simon Coveney stated there is still a need for a Strategic Impact Assessment, followed by a public consultation period before we will see any guidelines introduced.
“People are sick and tired of incessant reports and consultations that provide no answers.
“The government’s prevarication on this issue is unacceptable.
“It is beyond credible that, having raised this issue for five years, the government’s response is to kick the can further down the road.”