COUNTY COUNCILLORS SHOCKED BY “EIRGRID FILES” REVELATIONS

7 September 2018 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Peter Hughes

The Northern Standard and its reporter Michael Fisher were praised at Monday’s meeting of Monaghan Co Council for their ongoing publication of “The EirGrid Files” containing material obtained through the Freedom of Information Act that is pertinent to the north-south electricity interconnector project. But what the files contained alarmed and perturbed some Council members, who voiced concern at what they described as the “close monitoring” by EirGrid of the statements and activities of national and local public representatives in Co Monaghan in relation to the interconnector issue.

Analogies with the political regime in North Korea and the activities of a “police state” were used by speakers in Monday’s debate. Among a series of proposals adopted by the Council was one requesting the county’s Oireachtas representatives to comment on this aspect of the contents of “The EirGrid Files”. Before Monday’s meeting were two pieces of correspondence from Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten TD in response to Co Council motions on the interconnector.

In both the Minister reiterates that he has “no function” in the construction of the project or related procurement matters. In the first letter Minister Naughten says he will bring two independent studies he commissioned on aspects of the project to Cabinet “shortly” and then make them publicly available. In his second letter, the Minister refers to….

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