30 October 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

The Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD has signalled the government’s intention to maintain and protect the allisland single electricity market and to tackle the climate crisis. The Fianna Fáil leader thus indicated his approval along with Fine Gael and the Green Party Minister for Climate Action Eamon Ryan for EirGrid’s plans to proceed with the proposed North South electricity interconnector. It involves an overhead 400kV line and 400 pylons being constructed across five counties including Monaghan and was granted planning permission by An Bord Pleanála in December 2016. The Stormont Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon approved the northern section in September. Just a day after her announcement, the Taoiseach told Deputy Matt Carthy of Sinn Féin that he respected the planning process in the North “and it was not our function.” For the past thirteen years the local community in Monaghan, Cavan and Meath along with…

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