Pat Casey hits back at John Brady over windfarms

” Sinn Feins Bill breaches European Law, would not have stopped the ABO development and would in fact result in retrospective legislation which would inevitably end up being contested in the courts.

Fianna Fail was in agreement with only one section of the bill which is section 4 on public consultation. I will not play Deputy Brady’s political games on the important campaign to prevent industrial turbines in South Wicklow.

As Deputy Brady should be aware of, I have worked for rural Wicklow all my life as I live there, have ran a business there and been in rural community groups for decades including the Wicklow County Development plan which is the basis of the refusal. I will continue to do so. 

There is an obvious difference between opposing Industrial onshore turbines in areas of important heritage and beauty such as South Wicklow and preventing all wind farm developments including ones that are needed and have community support. 

I am convinced that An Bord Pleanala will uphold the sound planning judgement of many people and organisations in Wicklow and beyond including the local communities, all local politicians, organisations such as the Wicklow Uplands Councl, Mountaineering Ireland and Failte Ireland in stopping the ABO development which is totally unsuitable to our Garden County.

I will be submitting my detailed written objections again to An Bord Plenala as I did to Wicklow County Council. I would like to see Deputy Brady support the broad coalition that has come together to stop ABO rather than try to create divisions for his own selfish political reasons.” 

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