Burke orders his own council to overturn wind farm rule

The Minister of State for Local Government is from Westmeath, where councillors had imposed a restriction on wind farms tantamount to a ban

Peter Burke issued a legally binding draft ministerial directive to Westmeath County Council to revise an effective ban on wind farms.

Peter Burke, the Minister of State for Local Government, has ordered his own county council to overturn a restriction on wind farms that effectively banned them.

Councillors in Westmeath adopted a plan that required wind turbines to be located so far away from existing houses that it would be difficult for any to be built.

An analysis by the planning regulator’s office found that a wind farm with turbines at the typical height of 150 ...