Written Answers. - Wind Turbines.

Deirdre Clune

Question:

120 Ms Clune asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the number of planning applications for wind turbines received in the past five years; the number granted planning permission; and the number refused planning permission. [8260/98]

Comprehensive statistics on the operation of the planning system are published annually by my Department and are available in the Oireachtas Library. Summary statistics are similarly published on a quarterly basis. The statistics are not compiled on a basis that allows identification of applications for permission for wind turbines. However, in reviewing the scope and content of the planning statistics now collected, my Department will consider seeking the type of statistics referred to in the question.