Residents in East Galway are up in arms over plans to provide wind turbines – allegedly almost 50 metres higher than O’Connell Street’s Spire – in their locality.
One family said that the wind farm near Clonfert would result in constant noise, flickering as well as destroying their views. The turbines, they say, would also interfere with their internet coverage.
The planning application is for a ten-year permission to construct a wind farm at Lisbeg in Clonfert.
The plans involve the construction of five wind turbines, a 100m meteorological mast, an electrical substation, a control building and an underground cable connection to the national grid.
This cable would be running along the existing roads from the site, through the townlands of Coolcarta West, Caltragh, Fynagh, Moneenaheeltia, Killevny, Ballyhoose and Oghil More.
From there it would go through the main street of the village of Lawrencetown and on through the townlands of Oghil Beg, Belview, Crowsnest, Graveshill, Barnaboy, Coolbeg to an existing ESB substation in the Clontuskert townland of Somerset – a distance of approximately 8.6 km.
The applicants are Frank Ó Domhnaill and Richard Bourns; the latter is providing the site on his farm at Lisbeg.
The application was submitted to Galway County Council on December 21 and a decision is due at the end of February.
Cllr Donal Burke said that a number of local people contacted him and they expressed concern about the development and the impact it would have locally.
“The area around Clonfert is low-lying and is classified as a low wind speed area. The proposed turbines would be among the tallest in the country to date, with a maximum overall blade tip height of 169 metres and residents have concerns about the effect of these on families living nearby and on the landscape,” Cllr Burke added.
The Fianna Fail councillor said that, to put it into perspective, the turbines would be 47 metres higher than the Spire on Dublin’s O’Connell Street.
He added that among the issues raised were possible long term health effects on those living in close proximity to such high turbines, including the effects of shadow flicker on the occupants of nearby houses
Cllr Burke said that there was also mention of potential noise pollution, residential amenity and the location of the turbines so close to Clonfert Cathedral, a significant tourist destination and a world heritage site.
Members of the local McDonagh family have already made a submission to Galway County Council outlining their opposition to the wind farm.
Gardaí issue warning on ‘movie money’
Gardaí have warned of an increase in ‘novelty’ euro notes – which are almost identical to real currency – in circulation.
The notes are usually marked ‘movie money’ or ‘prop money’, but this can often go unnoticed by the person handling it. They do not have any security features.
Revenue Officers have seized notes in varying denominations representing a value of €430,895 in recent mail centre detections.
Detective Superintendent Michael Cryan of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau said: “People need to be aware that such notes exist and at busy times, especially late at night, they need to exercise a little care and attention.
“These notes are easily identifiable if precautionary checks are made. Also people who try to tender such notes as real face prosecution, a possible prison sentence and a conviction, which is for life. Such convictions have serious ramifications if one wanted to travel, to work in certain sectors and it can affect their credit rating”.
“We advise businesses and members of the public who deal in cash to be aware that such notes are in circulation and take appropriate precautionary measures. Business owners should ensure staff members handling cash are alerted to watch out for these fraudulent notes.
“The use of fraudulent currency when trying to purchase goods or services is an offence under the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001 and carries a potential prison sentence of 10 years.
“These fraudulent notes should not be accepted as legal tender and any incidents of persons trying to pay with “prop money” should be reported to Gardaí immediately,” said Det Supt Cryan.
Fire at site of former Corrib Great Southern Hotel
Emergency services are at the scene of a large fire at the site of the former Corrib Great Southern Hotel which broke out in the early hours of this morning.
Four units of the Galway Fire and Rescue Service were called to the former hotel near GMIT at 5.45am. A unit from Athenry is also in attendance at the scene.
Fire fighters are maintaining a presence at the derelict hotel, which has been the scene of a number of arson attacks over the past number of years.
Three refused bail on violent disorder charges
Three men who were arrested this morning as part of a Garda investigation into violent disorder at a funeral in Mervue last year, have been denied bail by a District Court Judge.
Denis Hannafin, Curry; Robbie Hannafin, Corboy, Edgeworthstown and Tommy Hannafin, Dublin Road – all in Longford – were charged with violent disorder in connection with an incident which occurred outside Holy Family funeral home on in January 13 last year.
Detective Garda Ronan Leonard told the court this morning that CCTV footage showed a number of members of the Hannafin family outside the funeral home on January 13, 2019, at approximately 3.15pm, when a number of members of the McGinley family made their way towards them.
An altercation ensued, which resulted in one member of the McGinley family suffering a gunshot wound, while another received a stab wound to the back. A third man suffered acid wounds.
Gardaí explained that there is a feud going on between the two families, which began when juvenile members of the families got into a fight at a pool hall.
Detective Leonard voiced concerns that if the three accused were granted bail, they would commit further offences and intimidate members of the McGinley family.
Judge Seamus Hughes had remanded the three accused in custody to Harristown District Court next Friday, February 28.