Martin O Reilly SFRY, Midlands
Local representatives from numerous different Action Groups on Wind Turbines met with TDs in Leinster House on Tuesday 16 July, to discuss their concerns over the unregulated development of Turbines in the midlands. This was a cross party meeting organised by Sinn Féin.
Speaking at the meeting were concerned residents based in Laois, Offaly, Westmeath, Kildare and Meath. One speaker from Roscommon, spoke of his distress at having to live beside a Turbine located just 700 meters from his family home and the constant health problems he has suffered as a result. Many areas of concern were raised by the Wind Turbine Action Groups to the TDs, such as; height, noise, health, impact to the land and devaluation in cost to local properties where turbines are proposed to be built.
In attendance at the meeting also was North Offaly Sinn Féin representative Martin O Reilly. Mr O Reilly was also involved in the organising of the meeting in Leinster House for the Offaly Action Group, which is based in Rhode and Castlejordan. After the meeting had concluded Mr O Reilly stated ‘The current situation regarding the unregulated and unlegislated development of large Turbines is a huge mistake and needs proper attention from our government ministers. What we need here is cross party support and co-operation to address this huge rural problem. If we do not act now, we will have a Ghost Estate like situation on our hands with Wind Turbines built on unsuitable sites close to family homes. This will be to the detriment of local communities and individuals.
Sinn Féin TD, Brian Stanley pledged his continued support to the action groups based in Laois and Offaly at the meeting also.