Up to 150 people attended a public meeting and planning workshop about the controversial Carrigadoon Windfarm project at Newtown Upper National School last week and a further planning workshop took place at the school yesterday (Tuesday).
The meetings have taken place after Dutch company DunoAir Windpark Curraheen Ltd submitted a planning application seeking permission to erect eight wind turbines at Carrigadoon and Curraghdobbin Hills, which are foothills of Slievenamon. The application was deemed invalid by the Council but the company is expected to re-submit its application again in the near future.
Independent TD Mattie McGrath, Fianna Fail general election candidate Cllr Jackie Cahill, local councillors Kieran Bourke (Ind) and David Dunne were among the attendance at the meeting on Monday, July 20.
The meeting was addressed by representatives of the Suir Valley Environmental Group, Ahenny Action Group and Faugheen Against Pylons group. Guest speakers included Breda Fitzgerald, Principal of Newtown Upper NS, Cllr Jackie Cahill, naturalist Liam Bourke, Dessie O’Dea, anti-pylons campaigner Kieran Hartley and Edel Grace from Save Keeper Hill Group in north Tipperary.
Milo Power, Chairperson of the Suir Valley Environmental Group, gave an update of the wind farm application by Dunoair and explained every step in great detail as did Pete Smith, (PRO and Committee Member). Speakers spoke about the nature, history, archeological sites, ecosystems, fauna and flora on the Carrigadoon and Curraghdobbin Hills. Principal Breda Fitzgerald gave a passionate speech advocating for the school children, their families and the older people in the community who have lived all their lives in the area.
Flyers were distributed at the meeting showing photos of the area with wind turbines superimposed to give an idea as to how the landscape will look from miles around if the project goes ahead.