Erris based Fine Gael councillor Gerry Coyle claims the communities around Bellacorrick are enduring all the pain with none of the gain as they live surrounded by the country’s largest wind farm at Oweninny.

The wind farm is a joint venture by the ESB and Bord na Mona, and the councillor says the turbines have not been in operation for over a month now. He is questioning the capacity of the electricity line that serves the area, built to bring electricity in but that is now also taking energy out providing power to the national grid.

Councillor Coyle believes the turbines, while meeting planning regulations, are built too close to homes.

He has been speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley about what appears to be a pause in the operation of the turbines and the impact of the wind farm on local people…

Midwest News contacted the ESB for clarification on why the blades are not in operation at Oweninny for some weeks now and a spokesperson provided a brief statement explaining that it is a fault rather than a capacity issue that has impacted the operation. He said Oweninny Wind Farm can confirm that a grid cable outage has impacted operations on the site over the past number of weeks. Works on repairing the cable are ongoing and we expect the wind farm to resume operations in the coming weeks.  

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