Ballylongford takes fight to windfarms

Ballylongford has joined the fight against the increasing proliferation of wind turbines in North Kerry as the structures come closer and closer to homes in low-lying areas.

Deep fears were voiced at a public meeting in the village last Wednesday as eight more turbines, to soar to 125m, go-up at Tullahinnell on the southern outskirts of Ballylongford.

Two-thirds of the 217 turbines already erected or under construction in Kerry are situated in the northern half of the county.

Public concern is now rounding on a report published by Kerry County Council in 2012 which found most of North Kerry to be of 'no' scenic value - even Ballybunion - and therefore open to windfarm development. With Kerry alone already generating 14 per cent of the State's wind-derived energy, some are saying 'enough is enough'.

"While it is understandable landowners are tempted.. we, as a community, must be aware of the facts and long-term effects of wind farms," Tony Dowd of the new group warned.

Kerryman

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