Fianna Fáil TD for Kildare South Fiona O’Loughlin TD has welcomed the decision by An Bord Pleanála to reject the Maigne Wind Farm application. Deputy O’Loughlin pointed out that the local community had serious issues with the project and felt their concerns were not being taken on board.

Deputy O’Loughlin further added that there is now an onus on the Government to forward new guidelines on windfarms.

“The decision by An Bord Pleanála to refuse planning permission for an expansive windfarm at Maigne is not surprising. The local community had serious concerns with the project, as is evident by the fact that a number of objections were lodged during the appeal process. I feel that these concerns were not adequately addressed by the developers, particularly in relation to the problems identified by the equine industry. The developers also failed to deal with the environmental concerns associated with the project,” said Deputy O’Loughlin.

“People recognise the need to invest in renewable energies, but this must be achieved in a balanced manner where the rights of local communities are not trampled on. There have been many successful windfarms constructed right across Ireland in recent years, but what was being proposed for Maigne was out of the ordinary.

“There is now an urgent need for the Government to bring forward new guidelines on windfarms. Such guidelines have been promised for some time now but we are yet to see any details. This is something that I will be pushing for in the weeks ahead. There needs to be a proper process set out for any proposed windfarm developments, and the local community need to be placed at the heart of this process,” concluded Deputy O’Loughlin.