Battery Station Awareness Group Protests Outside Council Meeting

Political Ecumenism: Castleisland Electoral Area candidates: Cllr. Bobby O’Connell, Fine Gael; Kate McSweeney, Sinn Féin and Charlie Falrrelly, Independent pictured at the Ballinahulla Battery Awareness Group Protest at Áras an Chontae in Tralee today. ©Photograph: John Reidy

A Cork / Kerry border straddling community has upped its presence and opposition to the siting of a large energy battery storage compound in its midst.

A Kerry County Council planning process which refused permission to locals who submitted home building applications over the past few years was being questioned by many at this morning’s peaceful protest outside Áras Choundae.

Sudden Announcement

People are beginning to question the integrity and validity of these refusals now in the light of the sudden announcement and likely approval of this battery storage station.

The community, united under the Sliabh Luachra banner and mindset, feels it’s time to stand up and take action.

‘Council’s Two Mistakes’

A group member said that Kerry County Council made two serious mistakes in the lead up to this morning’s protest;

“One was by granting permission for these dangerous monstrosities and the other was to underestimate our community.”
While another said that the sense of outrage they feel at the betrayal of their community by Kerry County Council is beyond words.

A Rallying Call

As a rallying call for this morning’s protest meeting in Tralee the community Facebook page called on its members to be there.

WE NEED YOU THERE !!!! the headline screamed.

“There will be a public protest re: the proposed Ballinahulla Battery Storage Compound, on Monday May 20th at 10am sharp, outside the Kerry County Council Buildings, Rathass, Tralee.
All Kerry County Councillors will meet for their final monthly meeting before the upcoming local elections.

It is time to unite and let Kerry County Council hear that this Battery Storage Compound will not be coming into our Community.
Please turn up if you can and show your support.”

And they did in great numbers in spite of the fact that it was held on one of the busiest mornings of most people’s working week.

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