EIRGRID SPONSORED ARTICLE SAYS NORTH SOUTH INTERCONNECTOR ‘BACK ON THE ROAD’ WITH RETURN OF NI EXECUTIVE

12 March 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Company Claims Greater Interconnectivity Can Cut Costs for Consumers

Michael Fisher

As the EirGrid Chief Executive Mark Foley met the environmental committee of Meath County Council this week and prepares to address Monaghan Councillors at their April meeting, an article published last week in a section of the Irish Times website that carries sponsored stories by business ‘partners’ including EirGrid has claimed that plans for a new North-South interconnector received a significant boost with the restoration in January of the Stormont Executive.

The story, paid for by EirGrid and with no by-line, quotes an EirGrid executive as saying it would be too expensive to put the line underground, instead of the proposed overhead line with 400 pylons.

The company also considers that the link (first proposed in 2004) will be up and running by 2025. This story looks like an independent article in the editorial section of the national newspaper. However, a tag at the top of the web page marked ‘Sponsored’ reveals that “Sponsored content is premium paid-for content produced by The Irish Times Content….

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