December 4, 2020
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Waterford people being kept in the dark about wind farm developments: councillor

The people of Waterford and the South East are being ignored when it comes to planning developments along our coastline, a local councillor has claimed.

Dungarvan-based councillor Conor D. McGuinness spoke out after the Government recently launched the Draft National Marine Planning Framework. Councillor McGuinness said the framework “will underpin future development at sea including the development of colossal wind farms off the Waterford coast”.

The Sinn Féin councillor noted that “consultation” will take place at a number of public events in Limerick, Westport, Galway and Tralee over the coming weeks – but none in Waterford and the South East.

Councillor McGuinness (pictured below) said: “The views of people in the South East must be taken on board. There are several live proposals for wind farms along the Waterford and Wexford coasts and our corner of Ireland is home to two strategically important sea ports, a national fisheries harbour and several smaller fisheries harbours.

“There is a live proposal by Energia to construct the world’s biggest wind farm as close as 5km off the coast of An Rinn, which could have significant impact on fisheries and tourism locally.”

“We deserve to have our voices heard on this important piece of national planning policy, and I have requested that a public event is organised for county Waterford as a matter of urgency.”

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