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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS



What’s the fuss?


Who will be affected?


Ask yourself this:


If your business depends on tourism think about this:


Is this development located near a school?


Is this not some distant plan for the future?


Is it too late to act?


What are we doing?


What can you do to help protect community from wind entrepreneurs?


Can we win?


Why is Donegal County Council allowing wind energy to proliferate within its jurisdiction?


Are there alternatives to wind turbines for renewable energy?


What needs to be done in relation to health concerns and wind energy?













What’s the fuss?

There is a plan to build 25 wind turbines just 1.5 km from the town of Glenties !!!!

Do you understand the potential threat that this development may pose to your health? See the video on the home page.  



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Who will be affected?

People who live in Glenties, Maas, Lettermacaward, Doochary and Fintown. Many will see them but a lot will hear them. Visitors to the area will also be affected. Many will not wish to return.




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Ask yourself this:

Would you buy a house near a noisy wind turbine?

If you didn’t live here would you buy a house near a forest of turbines?



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If your business depends on tourism think about this:

Do people come here for the beauty of the landscape and the peace and quiet?

Or, does the beauty of the landscape, and the peace and quiet not really matter?



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Is this development located near a school?

Yes. The Comprehensive School and the Primary School in Glenties.



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Is this not some distant plan for the future?

No. It is happening RIGHT NOW.

Planning permission for 22 turbines has been granted by Donegal County Council.

There are plans in place for more than 100 turbines around the town of Glenties.



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Is it too late to act?

No it is not too late. But we must act now! People must stand up for themselves.



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What are we doing?

Glenties Windfarm Information Group (GWIG) is preparing for an Oral Hearing convened by An Bord Pleanála to hear the arguments for and against the application. An Bord Pleanála will then decide if the planning permission is approved or rejected.


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What can you do to help protect community from wind entrepreneurs?

Help us please. We need your support. We are not acting solely on our own behalf. We are acting for the community. We need to hear your voice of support. Donate


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Can we win?

Yes we can. But it’s work.  We are up against a corporate entity with money. We need money to pay for legal and other advice.


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Why is Donegal County Council allowing wind energy to proliferate within its jurisdiction?

The council is promoting several parts of the county as suitable for wind energy under its County Development Plan 2012 - 2018. Donegal County Council can grant planning permission for wind turbines in scenic and other sensitive areas. As recently as June 2012 Donegal County Council attempted to remove Extremely High Scenic Amenity status from a site on the Pettigo Plateau to facilitate windfarm development. Luckily, this time, they did not succeed.  We need to contact our local representatives to inform them of how we feel.



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Are there alternatives to wind turbines for renewable energy?

Yes, there are many other forms of green energy such as biomass, wave generation or even off-shore turbines that are currently not being promoted by central government.



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What needs to be done in relation to health concerns and wind energy?

1. In order to build on current research and the recent British Medical Journal editorial on “Wind Turbine Noise” further research on the impact of low frequency noise and vibration indoors on buildings impacted by wind turbines is needed to determine the true extent of health risks.

2. In the meantime a moratorium on new windfarms would be prudent.

3. Further consideration must be given to the set-back distances between homes and wind turbines.

4. The establishment of safe set-back distances must be informed by qualified acousticians, scientists and public health specialists, and not left tp local politicians who are too readily guided by the wind industry.