Laois County Council has refused to grant planning permission for a new wind farm in the county.
Norwegian company Statkraft had applied to build eight 185 metre wind turbines in the Forest Upper, Forest Lower and Dernacart rural area outside Mountmellick – off the N80 Tullamore road.
A number of submissions against the proposal were lodged by local people and politicians.
Mountmellick Councillor Paddy Bracken, of Fianna Fail, cited concerns he had over the impact on the proposed flood relief scheme, the height of the turbines and their impact on those living there, and the future of the area in terms of drinking water and future planning applications for homes.
TDs Sean Fleming and Charlie Flanagan also submitted opposition to the proposal which echoed Cllr Bracnken’s concerns.
While the Department of Heritage said the impact on the hen harrier bird of prey had not been adequately assessed.
Laois County Council have rejected the application – but Statkraft will have the opportunity to appeal this decision to An Bord Pleanala.