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Friday 1 August 2014

Plant 'could do away with pylons'

John Downing Political Correspondent

Published 15/04/2014|02:30

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Fianna Fáil MEP candidate for Ireland South, Kieran Hartley, right, pictured with the leader of Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin has campaigned strongly against pylons. Picture: Keith Wiseman
Fianna Fáil MEP candidate for Ireland South, Kieran Hartley, right, pictured with the leader of Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin, has campaigned strongly against pylons. Picture: Keith Wiseman

CONVERTING the Moneypoint power plant to burn woodchips at a cost of some €800m could provide enough clean and efficient energy to make pylons and wind turbines largely unnecessary.

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That was the plan advanced by Fianna Fail's European Parliament candidate Kieran Hartley as he went canvassing in Clonmel with party leader Micheal Martin yesterday.

Mr Hartley, who has campaigned strongly against the overhead pylons planned for south Leinster and east Munster, rejected opponents' claims that he was "a single-issue candidate". He said that the linking of anti-wind turbine and anti-pylon campaigns was based on a similar view across communities in provincial Ireland.

"Away from the bigger population centres there is a strong view in the countryside and smaller towns that the people are not being listened to by government. Things like post offices, garda stations and other services are being lost and the future looks uncertain," he told the Irish Independent.

Mr Hartley said he was not opposed to the principle of wind turbines provided there was adequate consultation. He said wind power could be developed with the support of local people where they also benefited.

Irish Independent

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