A Mayo Fine Gael Senator has appealed to Bord na Mona and the ESB to talk directly to the residents living near the Oweninny wind farm and accept the principle that those communities living closest to the turbines should receive special benefits.
Senator Mulherin says while the operational fund of €232,000 per annum for community benefit projects is welcome, it is a pre-requisite that Bord na Mona and ESB accept the principle that those communities living closest to the wind turbines should benefit in a special and particular way.
Senator Mulherin was reacting to letters she has received from the project's joint developers, Bord na Mona and the ESB, in response to her representations calling for a financial acknowledgment for those living directly beside the 29 wind turbines which are due to start producing electricity in 2019.
She says it is not good enough for ESB and Bord na Mona to pass the buck over to the Council by stating that they have asked Mayo County Council to commence the establishment of this fund as soon as possible. She says as the developers they should be to the fore in resolving this issue with the concerned residents on the ground. Mayo County Council is not stopping them from doing so.
Senator Mulherin says that the community living near Owenniny are frustrated and disappointed to date that this is not being recognised in their dealings with and the response of these two State companies.