It’s time to rip it up and start again

I copped on soon enough that I would never really understand this pylon pox-up unless I went back to the beginning of the sorry tale.

My reading has taken me back to the early days of the original energy plan. Bertie did the original doodle when he took breaks from reading ps I love you”.  I don’t know if he was smoking back then but the whole thing has a feel to it like it was written on the back of a box of smokes. Noel Dempsey copied it into his colouring book when his mammy allowed him to visit Bertie for a play date. It was called “Delivering a Sustainable Energy Future For Ireland.

Now I only did a year in Maynooth before I left to lay blocks – me mam was in tears but a mans gotta do what’s needed and my da wasn’t getting any younger – but even I can see that report was ‘tidied up’ by a mad rapper with a crack pipe. Jeannie Mac, it has enough spin to power the GridLink.

The plan was taken up by the Green Party when they whored themselves to the FF and came into Government.  Bertie’s plan had called for 33% renewable energy but John Gormley had to show that his dick was bigger than Bertie’s so he took that to 40%. This was when the EU was asking us for 16%. Go figure. The baton was picked up by Eamon Ryan who continued singing loud for the wind farms.  Yes, your right, that’s the same Eamon Ryan who is now running so fast in the other direction like he’s got a wind turbine up his arse. Or maybe he’s running for Brussels? And now the latest Minister is running for the wind farms like a rabbitte after a carrot.

This government is very good at blaming everything on the last government. Jesus, Mary and Joseph – do we look like eejits? You’ve had three years to stop the madness that is Grid25, but instead you’re pushing the plan like a streel askin for it.

The EU was telling us that we had to get our renewable energy from three sectors – transport (electric cars); heating (retrofitting: insulating attics and walls) and power generation (creating electricity).

What this government has done is ignore the first two and throw all their eggs into the third basket – electricity generation. And even there they have gone big on one type of electricity generation – the wind farm. They ignored other types of electricity generation like hydro, or collecting the gas from the slurry tank or all sorts of other clever ways– ways that will create jobs at home. Fine Gael and Labour have rather gone with buying wind turbines from the Germans and the Swedes, which can either be operated by one or two people (Germans or Swedes) or can even be operated by a computer in another country (no jobs for anybody).

And all this based on a plan written on the back of a box of smokes seven years ago by a politician who couldn’t change a light bulb. Bertie might have been an energy engineer when it came to buying a round for the lads after a match, but not when it came to deciding this country’s energy policy until 2020. And Noel couldn’t even colour in without going over the lines.

We are used to politicians spouting shite like that Limerick sewer pipe during the floods but at some stage you gotta dig in and say ah come on lads, you’re taking the piss!  We might even have a laugh-ana-nudge-ana-wink at the cute hoors. But not with this. This is reckin people’s lives. It is destroying their health. It is breaking up families. It is another reason for the young ones to leave for Oz or the States without looking back.

We need to ‘rip it up and start again’.


  1. I can’t believe how much they’re after getting away with, but it’s like a light has gone on in the country. We’ve been busy for so long and now we have time to turn around a look at what they’ve been up to and what they’ve planned.

    If this Grid goes ahead, as that new Alliance is pushing for it will still create a 1km width corridor through the countryside, and we’re still looking at allowing a transport route for even more wind farms in our neighbouring counties and probably on top of the grid too … and then there’s the substations.
    Even if this yoke goes underground what happens if there’s a break in the cable when some eejit goes digging with the digger?
    If it’s on some farmers land and there’s a flood, what happens then?
    If it goes through the Galtees, there’s caves there that haven’t been explored yet, I heard they were planning to fill some of those caves with cement?
    What about all the towns and villages along the route, what about some of the heritage sites, what about some of the famine graveyards will they all be ploughed up?

    I saw a post on facebook a while ago, I think she’s an archaeologist but she was after posting a picture of some really old church and graves and a wind farm had been built all around it, it was shocking to see it – but what about the health risks if it goes overhead and this dust that I’ve been reading about falls on us, and the land, and the livestock.

    I haven’t slept properly for months just thinking about it and I don’t trust our politicians to do anything on our behalf as they had this all drawn up for years and it’s only when the people started to protest that they jumped up and ran in front.
    Where have the politicians been for the last few years?

    Last year they tried to get rid of the Senate telling us that it cost €20 million a year (lies) they claimed that Ireland didn’t need two houses to run the country and they were right, Ireland doesn’t need two houses so why don’t we carry out their objective and get rid of one of them?
    Keep the Senate and get rid of the Dáil puppets …

    I’m so cross over it, they should be imprisoned for what they’ve done with the banks and now what they’re doing with the country and the people.

    Sorry for going on a bit, I’m usually in fairly good form and can find the funny side to things so fair dues to you for being able to put the satire into this.

    1. All I can say girl is it is a pleasure to see someone sitting up and asking questions. These cute hoors got away with it for so long cos they would ask the questions for us and then tell us the answers as well. That is why the Rabbitte is losing it and telling people to keep quiet and listen – he is not used to people answering back. Keep at it where you’re at. One thing the history shows us is that eventually good triumphs over evil – it sometimes takes a bit of time, but the good folk always come out right in the end. bless you.

    1. The old boy network is still very strong in all levels of government and there is no reason to believe that the energy sector is any different. Thanks for your observation Sean.

  2. Hello my friend
    I did much enjoy your writing. I did not know what is ‘cute hoors’ but I did discover it on the internet and it made me laugh very much. I am glad you are feeling stronger.
    I am back from a trip to Germany to look at the wind farms. Hemel tog, the place it is covered with windmills and pylons, everywhere you look, it is like living in a factory. And the stink is very bad because everything die around the pylons. Is it like that in Ireland?
    Anyway, I am glad to be back in Haarlem with no pylons and wishes you best luck.

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