11 July 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A proposal by Fianna Fáil councillor Seamus Coyle that Sinn Féin make the undergrounding of the north-south interconnector a pre-condition of continued participation in the Northern Ireland Executive led to division among the members of Monaghan Co Council at their July meeting on Monday. Sinn Féin councillors objected to what they deemed the overtly political nature of the proposal, which party whip Brian McKenna criticised as taking no account of the volatile current state of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

But the motion passed by nine votes to six on a show of hands, a departure from the established Council precedent of unanimous support for proposals related to the interconnector issue. Councillor Coyle commenced the debate by asking the Council executive if there had been any communication or meetings with EirGrid, ESB Networks or any of their associated agents in relation to the interconnector project. He described a response from Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan TD to a recent Co Council resolution – sent to Cabinet colleague Minister Heather Humphreys and contained in the correspondence circulated at the meeting (see below) – as disappointing, but to be expected.

Councillor Coyle also expressed disappointment with the record of delivery of the six Cavan/Monaghan Oireachtas representatives associated with the Government parties in relation…

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