Minister Denis Naughten has described his meeting with Coillte yesterday’s regarding the wind farm development at Sliabh Ban as “frank and constructive”.
“Throughout the week I have had discussions with Bord Na Mona, Roscommon County Council and my own officials in Inland Fisheries with regard to the flooding within the vacancy of Sliabh Ban,” explained Minister Naughten.
“Yesterday afternoon [Thursday] I met with the Chief Executive of Coillte, Fergal Leamy, and Mark Foley, Managing Director of Coillte Land Solutions, which has direct responsibility for the Sliabh Ban project.
“I relayed to the company the views expressed that had been expressed to me by the local community during my meeting with residents and the urgent need to provide answers to the questions raised.
“The company is currently completing a full investigation of the issues relating to the flooding in the vicinity of Sliabh Ban and, as Minister, I will be briefed on its conclusions. Today [Friday] the board of the joint venture between Bord na Mona and Coillte is meeting on site to view the situation on the ground.
“Roscommon County Council is also conducting a separate review of the flooding and I have asked both Coillte and Board na Mona to facilitate this in every way possible,” added Minister Naughten.