Ireland's latest wind farm opens at Carnsore which was once due to be the site for the country's first nuclear power plant.

The fourteen wind turbines at Carnsore Point in County Wexford will now provide enough electricity to power ten thousand homes. 

In the 1970s, thousands of protesters gathered at Carnsore Point in a mass rally against a proposed nuclear power plant. Labour TD Brendan Howlin recalls the protests. 

Plans for nuclear disappeared and now fourteen wind turbines stand on the site saving 8,000 tonnes of fossil fuel imports and preventing 34,000 tonnes of harmful carbon dioxide emissions annually. 

Minister for Energy Dermot Ahern expresses his gratitude to the protesters of the seventies.

Thanks be to God for the protesters.

Carnsore is the twenty-third wind farm in the country and the government predicts that there will be many more.  

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 24 April 2003. The reporter is Damien Tiernan.