"From an engineering and economic standpoint it is ludicrous to pump the power under the Irish Sea. The capital costs are enormous but the environmental cost is also enormous on a project like this.

"However, most importantly, under EU regulations all wind energy projects should be properly assessed allowing for public participation and access to the proposals but all of this has been bypassed.

"That is not fair for the people involved."

The Irish government says the scheme is a practical way to use Ireland's blustery weather to its advantage.

"Ireland has the potential to generate far more wind energy than we could consume domestically," Irish Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte said.

Ireland and Britain will now analyze the costs and benefits of proposals before potentially signing an inter-government agreement in 2014.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2013