COYLE OPPOSES PYLON PLAN AND PROGRAMME FOR GOVERNMENT

26 June 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

LOCAL GREEN PARTY REPRESENTATIVE ALSO URGES NO VOTE

Michael Fisher

The new Cathaoirleach of Ballybay Clones Municipal District, Cllr Seamus Coyle of Fianna Fáil, has reaffirmed his opposition to EirGrid’s plans for the North South interconnector. He says the semi-state company must be directed by the incoming government to halt its controversial plan for the multi million Euro project. He has supported landowners in their long-standing demand that the line should be put underground. Speaking to The Northern Standard on Tuesday, Cllr Coyle confirmed he had decided to vote against the proposed Programme for Government being put forward by his party, Fine Gael and the Green Party because it did not contain any commitment to putting the line underground.

The results of the different party votes should be known tomorrow and will establish whether a new government can be formed. Meanwhile local Green Party general election candidate Tate Donnelly has joined three other young activists in urging members of his party to vote ‘no’ to the Programme. In an open letter they said the need for urgent action on climate change made it all the more important to consider inequality. To be just, climate action must be fair.

Policies that hit the most vulnerable in society the hardest and exacerbate inequality are neither just nor effective, they said. Both Mr Donnelly and another signatory Cllr Seán McCabe from Co. Meath supported the undergrounding of the North South interconnector in their election literature. However this was not mentioned as one of the reasons they recommended….

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