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Wind Farms

Wind Farms
How would you feel about an Ireland dotted with Dublin Spires ?

Add another 30 metres onto the top of the Dublin Spire and now your looking at the size of the Wind Turbines being built all accross the Countryside of Ireland .

The Photo above shows Mount Lucas Wind Farm in East County Offaly , It was built by Bord na Mona and consists of 28 Wind Turbines each 150 metres in height .


The head of Bord na Mona power generation John Reilly says the project is :

the opening phase in the development of very very large scale wind farms with the intent of exporting that energy into the UK Market

a lot of peat bogs in the area will be phased out of peat producion , these sites will provide significant opportunities for the development of very very large scale wind farms   

- John Reilly  , Bord na Mona


Lets take a look at the Foundations for these beasts. 

Each turbine has a concrete base 20m in diameter, 3.35m high at the pedestal and comprised of 640m3 of structural concrete !!!  

   
 
In 2013 / 2014 , An Bord Pleanala granted permission for 259 Wind Turbines accross Ireland which is nearly 3 per week , It is estimated that there are currently 1,800 turbines operating around the country .

But what is the driving force behind all these Wind Farms , From a government perspective they are giving us two conflicting reasons.

On one hand you had Former Minister for Energy Pat Rabbite saying the purpose is "to enable trading of electricity between here and britain" , this was confirmed by John Reilly of Bord na Mona who said the intent was "exporting renewable into the UK Market" .

Pat Rabbite's successor Minister for Energy Alex White said its about achieving EU emissions targets which state 16% of our Energy is to come from 'Renewable Sources' by the year 2020 (Directive 2009/28/EC) , it was initially 40% (Directive 2001/77/EC) . Others say its about Job creation however if we look at the Mount Lucas development , the official Bord na Mona case study stated that - "just 10 full time long term jobs have been created in operations & maintenance"

Whatever the truth may be , our beautiful country and world renowned landscape is being decimated . We can take a little heart from news that over in the UK , amid growing public opposition to Wind Farms , 57% of all onshore projects were rejected in 2014 .
 
Below , Aaerial view of Mount Lucas Wind Farm in co offaly .

Bord na Mona intends to phase out peat production and build more Wind Farms like this one instead   

    
Below ,   Angela Merkel and Germany probably gain the most from wind farms , German Company Siemens has many of the contracts to supply wind turbines accross the EU and Ireland .  

    

Below  Wind Farm Protesters in Kilkenny
 
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the anti wind farm campaign has gone very quiet .
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Yay! If you don't like wind farms then how about you stop using electricity.
Electricity doesn't grow on trees you know!
I know you probably don't care about the environment but your children or your nephews and nieces would sure appreciate the opportunity to live.
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Hi asdf ,

actually , electricty in ireland does grow , ok not on trees but in the ground .

Much of Ireland's electricty comes from burning peat or turf which is an accumulation of partially decayed vegetation , dead plants etc (Such Power stations include Edenderry , West Offaly and Lough Ree)

While Wind Turbines may produce less emissions , they have other environmental impacts such as killing protected bat species , birds , noise pollution , visual obstrusion etc , these are all issues that must be considered too .
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have I got this right ,

first they issue a directive to tell us we cant cut turf 

then they issue a directive to build wind farms , 

then they announce the bogs are to be used for these wind farms , 

then , they announce the German Company Siemens is to get all the contracts for the wind turbines .

the penny has dropped .  
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dublin lad

customer : some chicken nuggets please | staff : will you have some face mask in that , ah go on , its tasty .

dublin lad

some good news . planning enforcement have begun proceedings against the Shelbourne hotel to reinstate the statues. hope this serves as a lesson to the management to behave themselves in the future https://twitter.com/SenatorMcDowell/status/1291325750432407555

justme

Thankfully this news is raising MANY eyebrows internationally. Many in the UK & the United States who are of Irish origin are unhappy that the Irish are last in many decisions made by the EU owned Irish government. Perhaps the Irish Diaspora might just be able to shame the GIVE EVERYTHING TO THE EU political class here in Ireland. We live in hope!
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justme

Germany to receive €28.8 billion and France €38.8 billion. Two of the wealthiest countries take the Lions share despite their wealth and projected growth rates. This makes a total MOCKERY of Ireland and her people!.
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Wild Rose

when u see ungrateful people like the Cahersiveen asylum seekers , they have a nice place to stay , a safe roof over their heads and food in their belly , What do homeless people have , absolutely nothing , imagine moaning about your food all the while Irish Homeless people are sitting in the streets with nothing at all , many of them hungry , tired and afraid.
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Dave O'breen

if a face mask can find its way into a chicken nugget , what else can ?
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Dave O'breen

puts things in perspective at how lucky most of us are to have a roof over our heads . sadly for some , they face a life of torment on the streets
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Dave O'breen

This is going to cripple Ireland , are businesses are already in financial difficulty and now we have to pay 18.7 billion to the EU . its a disaster waiting to unfold
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Ivaus

MISERS WITH DEEP POCKETS KEEP THEIR HANDS IN ALL IRISH POCKETS.Fianna Failed so many times miser Martin gave IRISH PEOPLE THE 64€BILLION DEBT,AUSTERITY,TROIKA, HOMELESSNESS AND SUISCIDE,but who cares anyway.He got his deal with Fellow Gombeen  Varadcur,as Tao seach,and he goes straight to Brussels to burden the Irish with another 18€ Billion.It was easy because his Pascal Dunce got the promotion to CHAIR THE SELLOUT. In the middle of a so called pandemic where the financial loss  CANN
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laner

I'll never eat chicken nuggets again after watching that . revolting.
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