The Mullarkey family, Eileen, Alan and their five children are living along a road being used for access into and out of the construction site of the huge wind farm that is under construction in Bellacorrick.

 The windfarm is being developed by the ESB and Bord na Mona.

At yesterday’s monthly meeting of Mayo county council, councillors outlined the problems that families, like the Mullarkeys, living beside such construction sites are facing and called on Mayo county council as the planning authority to listen and to respond to the disruption that such major construction can cause.

Independent Ballina councillor Gerry Ginty initially raised the concerns of the families living closest to the windfarm site in Bellacorrick yesterday.

Alan and Eileen Mullarkey and others were in the public gallery during the discussion – and afterwards spoke to Midwest News.

 They described their situation as a nightmare, saying it was impacting on their lives daily.

 They had concerns for their children’s safety with the constant movement of large lorries along their small rural road. They also had issues  with constant heavy dust and noise and they called on Mayo county council as the planning enforcer to ensure that the developers meet the conditions imposed on them in their planning permission.

Councillor Michael Loftus, was among a number of councillors who called on the local authority as the planning enforcer to engage with the residents.

The CEO of Mayo county council Peter Hynes told the meeting that yesterday was the first time that concerned residents had sought a meeting with Mayo county council and he said discussions between the sides will now continue – he said engagement between all sides was necessary and will continue and he hoped could be resolved.

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