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Diggers clear peat and trees to build dams to stop the landslide at Derrybrien in 2003. Photo: Andrew Downes

Diggers clear peat and trees to build dams to stop the landslide at Derrybrien in 2003. Photo: Andrew Downes

Diggers clear peat and trees to build dams to stop the landslide at Derrybrien in 2003. Photo: Andrew Downes

A fresh report on the Derrybrien wind farm, where a massive landslide took place in 2003, says adequate checks on the stability of the land have not taken place for 16 years.

The State is paying €15,000 a day in fines to the European Commission because of failures to properly assess the project’s environmental impact before its 70 turbines were built on a peat-covered mountainside in Co Galway.


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