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If Donegal Co Council and a certain crowd of Dublin based developers get their way this “unique journey” in this pristine environment will be marred and tainted forever by 22 giant wind turbines along the route between Fintown and Glenties. Can’t see many tourists availing of this wonderful attraction then.
The Friel chap wasn’t far wrong! Obviously a great tourist draw and a crying shame that it is not developed all the way to Glenties. Sad that it falls to a few community activists to keep it alive with meagre funding. The combination of hills, lake and railway (steam??) sounds idyllic.
But of course we hear the other side of development on these pages so much these days – it seems Donegal County Council want to develop our hills. But not for tourists or trail walkers. No for get rich quick wind merchants.
Let’s hope the quiet hard work of Mr McDevitt and his colleagues will not be overcome by the not so quiet swishing in the hills.
Lets hope Cllr Alcorn when launching this years summer schedule on Sunday will realise what a valuable asset this project is to the local community and will also see the beautiful unspoilt area that the train runs along. Surely then on Wednesday 6th next he will have no hesitation in voting against the Co Managers recommendation to have this entire area designated “preferred for wind farm development”.
It’s obvious with the new road being built through Gwebara and litir it’s
Aye, you would hope that it will be a no Brainer for Cllr Alcorn! Just imagine if the cost of the development and erecting of a single turbine, conservatively estimated at €2m, were to be spent on that railway project. Imagine the number of full time jobs that it would create if you had a proper visitor centre and a steam train operating. I bet they could jump the numbers from eight thousand to eighty thousand with massive spin off for the whole extended area.
Let Alcorn take that message to Lifford – tourism has a future. A future that will enliven and enrich Donegal’s economy. Turbines will bring small dividends to a handful of landowners and make the developers obscene riches. Let’s hope our cllrs don’t endorse that over tourism at the sacrifice of landscapes descibed by Friel to be “as grand as any in Switzerland or Minnesota.”
We have had wonderful reports in recent years from our friends and relations abroad regarding the Fintown train, the Halloween Ghost Train and the Summer schedule. In the last few months the reports have changed to very negative musings – mainly if Donegal County Council persists with their wind farm policies those tourists might not even return for the Ghost Train. We say that there might only be a ghost train as tourism dies in Donegal, killed by the Council.
Sadly we now know where we stand with DCC and all but 3 councillers,who were brave enough to vote for the setback limit,the rest either voted against or sat back and dident give a vote which was just as good as a no.It seems that our councils which are there to protect the people of Donegal are much more interested in supporting windfarm promoters and will do everything they can to make it as easy as possible for turbines to go anywhere even outside your home,destroying health,peace,scenery,tourism and everyday lives.and all this despite all the new evidence on health and wind turbine noise,Its like letting someone drive a car despite the fact that you suspect its got faulty brakes but you chance it anyway.Well done County Manager and all Councillers who went along for the spin.