Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty has said that she understands from a source close to An Bord Pleanala (ABP) that the decision for the proposed Emlagh Windfarm application has been made and has called for it to be published immediately.
The Meath East TD said “I understand that a decision has already been made on the Emlagh application, however, I am absolutely baffled as to why we are still left guessing. There have been numerous accusations over the last number of months that the reasons behind the unexpectedly long wait for a decision are due to political influence.
“I firmly believe in the independence of ABP and I would be truly, truly disappointed if the decision on Emlagh is being held back due to political convenience. We are already being blacklisted for the delay in this decision and if deliberations have been completed I am calling on ABP to publish its decision immediately.
“I believe that ABP is currently working on translating its decision on this application into Irish hence the delay. The people of North Meath can wait for a translation, but what we cannot and should not have to wait any longer to be informed of this planning decision.”
Doherty continued “If ABP has made its decision - then make it known. There are Gaeltacht areas which will be adversely affected by the odious proposed development of Emlagh, so I do appreciate the need for ABP’s decision to be made available in both English and Irish. What I do not appreciate is leaving thousands of families and businesses in the dark for months on end since the conclusion of the oral hearing last year.”
Concluding, Doherty said “Some of us may take a hit on polling day should the planning application for Emlagh be approved, but my political career has nothing to do with, nor should it be prioritised over the livelihood of so many families in North Meath.
“The immediate publication of ABP’s decision will quickly alleviate any political charges and will at long last tell us whether our voices have been heard by ABP.”