24 June 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A two-hour engagement between the members of Monaghan Co Council and leading officials of EirGrid on Monday to discuss the plans to submit a renewed planning application for the Co Monaghan portion of the controversial 400kv north-south electricity interconnector proposal left the elected members expressing feelings of frustration that questions they had posed in relation to key aspects of the project had not been satisfactorily responded to.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Co Mayor Seamus Coyle expressed disappointment to the EirGrid representatives that some of the questions asked by the members had not been clearly answered.
“To ally the concerns of the communities in Co Monaghan, you must be more direct,” the Mayor stated, asking the officials to come back with written answers to the points that had been raised by the members.
On one point, however, the EirGrid spokespersons were clear. Despite repeated calls by local politicians and the community groups active in opposition to the project for the powerline to be undergrounded, EirGrid maintained that this option is not viable for financial and technical reasons.
Project Manager Aidan Geoghegan said that a site specific report that had been conducted with Northern Ireland Electricity showed that undergrounding the project would cost €500 million more that the overhead line.
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