|Proposed wind farm on public forestry lands stirs controversy
Coillte advert sparks response in Castlecoote
Wind farm threat opposed
A large crowd, which included Minister Denis Naughten and local TDs Eugene Murphy and Michael Fitzmaurice, was in attendance on Monday night in St. Ciaran’s Hall in Castlecoote for a public meeting to discuss possible wind farm development in the area.
The meeting was organised by local councillors Orla Leyden and Ivan Connaughton in response to a recent Coillte advertisement seeking “interested parties for sustainable commercial development” on its lands in the area.
The organisers believed that this advertisement opened the door for wind turbines to be erected in areas close to the townlands of Aghagad, Aghagower, Bracklin, Carrowkeel, Cornaveagh, Cremully, Aghagad Beg, Derryhippo and Leam.
Cllr. Leyden welcomed those present before introducing a video clip of an existing wind farm located at Gaybrook in Cootehill, Co. Cavan, during which there was audible shock from those present at images of turbines in close proximity to homes.
Cllr. Ivan Connaughton claimed that local farmers have already been approached and that a similar wind farm “is what is planned for this area.”
Cllr. Connaughton added that farmers would have a “major part to play” in resisting plans for such a project, saying: “if no farmers have signed up, this can be nipped in the bud.”
Cllrs. Connaughton and Leyden urged local farmers to stick with the community and resist offers which contained hidden facts” such as inheritance tax issues and long-term contracts.
Eugene Murphy expresses concern over ‘cloak and dagger’ approach to local wind farm development
Fianna Fail TD for Roscommon/Galway Eugene Murphy has expressed concern
over what he deems a ‘cloak and dagger’ approach to a proposed wind farm
development in the Roscommon Town area
Eugene MurphyTD attended a meeting on Monday night in Castlecoote Community Gentre to discuss, a potential wind farm development in the area including Aghagad, Aghagower, Bracklin, Carrowkeel, Cornaveagh, Creemully, Aghagad Beg, Derryhippo and Leam.