2,500 objections have been lodged against a proposed Bord na Mona wind farm in Offaly on the Leamonaghan Bog, according to TD, Carol Nolan.
The independent TD said the wind farm project would be “tantamount to cultural and historical vandalism“ and that locals had rallied to make almost 2,500 submissions under the public consultation process opposing the use of the area for a wind energy zone under the draft Offaly Development Plan.
The Bord na Mona bog is very close to the early Christian site of St Manchan which is at the junction of the Ballycumber-Ferbane-Pullough roads and is one of Offaly’s best known heritage assets. Medieval sites such as St Mella’s Cell, a network of trackways and the famed ancient Pilgrim’s Path (Sli Mor) are also close by.
Deputy Nolan said she has visited the site on a number of occasions to voice her support for groups who are opposing the plans.
“It was clear right from the outset that there was overwhelming levels of public opposition to the proposed wind farm, especially given the heightened archaeological and historical value attached to the site.
“That is why I made my own submission on the matter to Offaly County Council, a submission that was co-signed by deputy Mattie McGrath,” Deputy Nolan told AgriLand.
“To hear, today, that at least 2,500 submissions on the matter have been received is really wonderful news as it not only shows the success of the organised campaign against the move by Bord na Móna’s plans, but it also demonstrates the depth of the public’s commitment to preserving our rich, local history.”
Deputy Nolan said she hoped that people would be listened to and that the area of Leamonaghan Bog will be “removed from the relevant zoning category and will be preserved for the benefit of generations to come”.
“No wind farm could possibly compensate for the damage that would be incurred if the proposal goes ahead,” she said.
“In fact, it would be tantamount to cultural and historical vandalism and that is why it must be resisted.