January 18 (SeeNews) - The Irish Independent reports today of three High Court cases against wind projects in Clare, Offaly and Wexford counties that involve the installation of total of 24 turbines.
Friends of the Irish Environment Ltd has gone to court to fight the An Bord Pleanala permit for a 12-turbine project near Kilmihil, and a local resident in Cloghan is challenging approval for a nine-turbine park by Gaeltacht Energy Cloghan Ltd. In the third case, a group of residents is fighting against the permission for the installation of three wind turbines in Clonroche by Ballinclay Windfarms Ltd.
The Clare challenge will get to court in May, while the other two cases will come back to court in March, according to the report.
Speaking of High Court battles against Irish wind, there was an article in December saying that families in County Cork have won a case against Enercon Wind Farm Services Ltd. The report was quickly refuted by the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA), which stressed that “there has been no judgement or ruling in the Irish High Court against the developer concerned”. In early January, Wind Aware Ireland distributed a document showing a document showing liability has been admitted by the defendants, but an official record is not available.