The potential of tourism to the North Kerry economy could be impacted by the number of wind turbines in the region.
That’s according to John O’Sullivan of the North Kerry Tourism Task-force who delivered a presentation on the development of tourism in North Kerry to members of Listowel Municipal District’s monthly meeting.
In his presentation to the chamber, Mr O’Sullivan outlined that up to 68% of the county’s wind turbines are situated in the North Kerry – West Limerick area.
He said, this constituted “a line of wind turbines across the top of North Kerry” and that the region could be eventually “surrounded by wind farms”.
Mr O’Sullivan also drew comparision to some of the county’s major tourism hubs, which have very few wind turbines and in the case of the Dingle Peninsula, have none.
Responding to Mr O’Sullivan’s presentation on behalf of the North Kerry Tourism Taskforce, Cllr John Lucid said there was a “need to look at the area of wind turbines” in North Kerry.
Cllr Mike Kennelly proposed that a special meeting on the issue of wind turbines in relation to the development of tourism in North Kerry, be tabled between Kerry County Council and Fáilte Ireland.