McGuinness secures backing for Wind Turbine submission

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.

McGuinness said:

“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.”