Councils warned over blocking wind farm development

In a letter sent to the heads of all the country's city and county councils last week, Minister for Environment, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy has threatened to use his powers to revoke any local plan which he believes improperly blocks wind development. It follows the move by a number of councils, including Donegal, Laois, Westmeath, Wicklow and others to bring in new guidelines that would diminish the amount of available land to build wind farms.

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