4 June 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

A lobby group opposed to EirGrid’s plans for a high voltage electricity line across five counties from Meath to Tyrone, including Monaghan, has told the Minister for Climate Eamon Ryan TD the ‘day of reckoning’ will come over the North South interconnector. The North East Pylon Pressure Campaign that represents hundreds of landowners along part of the route who want the infrastructure put underground says the proposed overhead line and 400 pylons will never be accepted by the communities affected.

It says their views have been airbrushed out of all analyses and reviews to date. In a reply to Fianna Fáil Cavan Monaghan Deputy Brendan Smith, Minister Ryan repeated that an International Expert Commission report published in October 2018 found that an overhead line remained the most appropriate option for this piece of critical electricity infrastructure. He told Deputy Smith the underground solution proposed by the opponents was for the installation of a Direct Current (DC) line and “that’s fine linking power to a system, but not fine when the line is to be a key part of the system itself.”

According to the Minister, the electricity networks in Ireland are Alternating Current (AC), and DC is just used as a transmission vehicle. NEPPC spokesperson Padraig O’Reilly responded to Minister Ryan’s reiteration that “the government does not seek…

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