6 January 2017 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Legal Challenge Likely Over Pylons Plan: Campaigners Say Views of Local People Were Totally Ignored

Michael Fisher

The mood on the ground in south Monaghan is angry following the controversial decision to give EirGrid approval for a high voltage overhead line with pylons stretching from Meath to Tyrone. The long-awaited Bord Pleanála Inspector’s report (see p.22) was signed off by the Board a week before Christmas. It was then issued on the Board’s website as expected on Wednesday 21st December.

  Now that the two anti-pylon groups have had time over the New Year break to study the 623-page report, their determination to oppose the plan has increased. Both the County Monaghan Anti-Pylon Committee and the North East Pylon Pressure Campaign say the views of local people who asked for the line to be placed underground were totally ignored. It seems likely that the next stage in their campaign will be to pursue another legal challenge. The necessary paperwork would have to be submitted to the High Court by around February 17th.

The 42 townlands affected in County Monaghan are: Lemgare, Lisdrumgormly, Annaglogh, Latnakelly, Tassan, Cashel, Annagh (Cremorne Barony (By)), Carrickanure, Clarderry, Cornamucklagh North, Derryhallagh (Monaghan By), Drumroosk, Cargaghramer, Cornanure….

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