‘ZERO ACCEPTANCE’ FOR EIRGRID INTERCONNECTOR: SMITH

15 July 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

…BUT MINISTER SAYS STEELWORK HAS BEEN TENDERED AND PROJECT COULD START EARLY NEXT YEAR

Michael Fisher

The Dáil has been told that there is zero acceptance amongst local communities and landowners for EirGrid’s proposed North- South Interconnector that would stretch across five counties on an overhead high voltage line with 400 pylons. Cavan Monaghan Deputy Brendan Smith (Fianna Fáil) told the House last Thursday that the electricity transmission grid company had no planning permission to enter 584 holdings along the route in Monaghan, Cavan and Meath. Deputy Smith said EirGrid had not listened to the views of those communities affected and neither had the Department.

He was told by Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Sean Canney TD that construction of the North South interconnector was critical for improving the efficient operation of the (cross-border) single electricity market. Minister Canney said there was a very definite need for this infrastructure in order to…

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