One thousand, one hundred and fifty.
But, you’ll say, they will be providing energy for the Irish market?
No they fucking won’t. They’ll be providing energy for the UK market.
You see the Brits quite rightly don’t want the fucking things, so the powers that be decide to lump them on the Irish. After all, the Irish never complain? And if they do feel like complaining, just bribe them to keep quiet and promise them a whole shed load of jobs.
So they are going to turn our Midlands into the green equivalent of a military cemetery, all in the name of “saving the planet”. Except that they will do fuck all for the planet except despoil vast tracts of Ireland. Between bribes, backhanders, tax breaks and subsidies they will do a lot for a small clique of politicians and manufacturers, but they will do fuck all for the Irish, Ireland or the climate.
Those things don’t work. They are costly. They are an eyesore. They either don’t work because there isn’t enough wind or they have to be stalled because there is too much. The world is gradually coming to its senses and realising this, but not our beloved gubmints – too many backhanders there.
They promise that there will be hundreds of jobs as a result of this scheme. Hah! And how many of those jobs will go to locals? None. There will be employment all right but only for the specialists who have to be imported. And if jobs are so important, why not just build Famine Roads – roads that go nowhere but it gives people something to do? The roads would be just as useless and would be a great deal kinder to the environment.
Of course what will happen is that the locals will be suckered in by all that promise of employment [not to mention the €1,000 not to object] and will then watch all those foreign engineers and electricians descend on the place. A few hotels and bed and breakfast places might take the queen’s shilling but that’s about it. A few years down the line, when everyone has left again, the locals will wonder what the fuck happened but by then it will be too late.
The insanity continues.