The solicitor representing farmers and turf cutters in the long-running row over ESB’s controversial wind farm in Derrybrien, south Galway, forecasts there could still be a “Mexican standoff” over the project’s future.

Dan Shields, legal adviser to the Derrybrien Bog Co-operative, said he had written to An Bord Pleanála seeking further clarification on its recent decision to refuse “substitute consent” for the project.