GREEN LIGHT FOR NORTH SOUTH INTERCONNECTOR

22 October 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Belfast Court Case Clears the Way for EirGrid to Proceed

Michael Fisher

The North South interconnector project has been given the green light to proceed as a result of a court case in Belfast. Mr Justice Scoffield refused to quash planning permission for the multi-million Euro project in the North, although he identified a legal flaw in the ministerial decision-making process. EirGrid’s Chief Executive Mark Foley indicated earlier this month the crossborder project would ramp up very considerably once the company got a positive outcome from the judicial process in Northern Ireland.

Anti-pylon campaigners from Armagh and Tyrone who initiated the judicial review against the Northern Ireland Department of Infrastructure said their lawyers would be studying the judgement. The County Monaghan Anti Pylon committee said it was disappointed with the outcome.

According to one landowner in Co. Monaghan, EirGrid are now back at the beginning. He told The Northern Standard: “I would suspect for landowners that this court ruling is not the end. To quote the famous World War 2 allied leader Winston Churchill ‘It is not even the beginning of the end’. After nearly fifteen years EirGrid may naively believe that this is the conclusion they have longed and lobbied for; but…

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