Monaghan Anti-Pylon Committee calls politicians to account

18 February 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The Monaghan Anti-Pylon Committee held a series of one-to-one meetings with all the main political parties — Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, Labour, Sinn Féin and also independent candidate John McGuirk last week in Carrickmacross. Members of the North East Pylon Pressure (NEPP) committee from Cavan were also in attendance.
In a statement to the Northern Standard a spokesman for the Anti-Pylon Committee has stated that the debate has moved on from the undergrounding versus overgrounding issue to a review of the need for this project in the context of the rapidly changing economic environment, scarce public finances and trends in electricity demand.
He went on to say that the committee recognises that all the candidates were individually very interested and supportive of the undergrounding campaign and had committed themselves to doing everything in their power to represent the views of the Anti-Pylon Committee, the affected landowners, residents, and the wider constituency of Cavan and Monaghan.
The discussions did not focus solely on the North-South Interconnector but also included the proposed construction of over 1,000 kilometres of High Voltage Overhead Lines across the country to transport electricity from wind farms from west to east, known as Grid 25.
The committee strongly made the point that in light of the dire economic circumstances and no increased demand for electricity forecast for at least the next ten years, it seriously questions how realistic it would be to continue with Grid 25 at all without a proper cost-benefit analysis. Such an analysis has never been undertaken, even though it has been called for by the Academy of Engineers of Ireland and supported by many independent economists.
“This is no longer a local issue affecting the counties of Meath, Cavan and Monaghan, but has become a major national issue as people countrywide finally realise that the massive scope of Grid 25 will have a major impact on just about every county in Ireland,” stated the spokesman.

Full report in The Northern Standard

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