NEW MINISTER BUT ‘SAME OLD PLATITUDES’ ABOUT NORTH SOUTH INTERCONNECTOR: NEPPC

23 July 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

Anti-pylon campaigners have called on Fianna Fáil representatives in Monaghan and Cavan to clarify their position on the North South interconnector project. This follows comments made last week by Minister Eamon Ryan of the Green Party that he did not intend to order a further review of the development, something Fianna Fáil had previously committed to. This project has been a point of contention for the people of Cavan, Monaghan, and Meath for almost a decade, with the completion date for the interconnector already moved from 2012 to 2023.

Questions were raised recently by the North East Pylon Pressure Campaign over the cost of the development per kilometre each side of the border. The group claimed that the costs differed in the Republic and in the North. However EirGrid responded by confirming that the cost remains at €286 million for the whole line including the section in Northern Ireland being planned by SONI. During the general election campaign earlier this year, members of the public as well as local representatives called for clarity from candidates….

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