Sinn Féin’s leader on Waterford City and County Council has secured cross-party support to hold a single-purpose meeting of Waterford City and County meeting to prepare a submission to An Bord Pleanála regarding the proposed Lyrenacarriga wind farm outside Knockanore. The Councillor raised the issue at the February meeting of Waterford City and County Council.
“The Sinn Féin council group will be making a strong submission in support of the community in and around Lyrenacarriga. This is a vibrant rural community that supports a significant population.
“Waterford Council signalled its strong objection to this type of development in 2018 when it voted to amend the development plan. I believe the Council now has an obligation to make this position known to An Bord Pleanála in the strongest terms. I am glad that I received cross-party support for my proposal to hold a meeting to draft a submission. The final decision to call such a meeting rests with the Mayor, and I have issued him with a formal request.
“Wind energy has an important part to play in our move away from damaging fossil fuels, however we have a duty to be careful and considered in how we develop wind energy. I don’t believe the proposed development at Lyrenacarriga achieves the balanced and forward-looking type of development that we as a country need and deserve.”