Castleisland Sinn Féin local election candidate Kate McSweeney has expressed her dismay at plans for a battery storage compound that could have a devastating effect on locals in the Sliabh Luachra area.
Potentially Dangerous Storage
“How can people in Kerry be treated like this? Not alone are there plans to build this potentially dangerous battery storage, the rural landscape is also to be blighted with a tower twice the height of Ireland’s tallest building,” said Ms. Mc Sweeney.
70% Chance of Fire
“Research has shown that these storage batteries, which store surplus energy from wind farms during high winds, have a 70% chance of catching fire and in such an event some residents will have just minutes to evacuate their properties, with a larger number having just ten minutes.
Dumping on Rural Communities
“This is yet another example of rural communities becoming the dumping ground of Ireland.
“There could be alternatives to the method of using wind power, but locals are not being listened to in the planning process, despite strong objections.
“I admire the way locals have banded together to highlight these issues.
Not How to Treat Citizens
“This fight must go on in order to stop a potential disaster from happening that could, at worst cost lives, or at least damage property and the environment.
“This is not how to treat your citizens and I asked Martin Ferris TD to convey the concerns of residents to the minister responsible,” said Ms. McSweeney.
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