5 November 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

Pat Treanor, Sinn Féin Cumann Tony Ahern Cluain Eois agus Comhairle Contae Mhuineacháin spoke briefly at the party’s Ard Fheis in Dublin at the weekend about the North South interconnector. He told delegates at the Helix conference centre: “Sinn Féin have a longstanding policy position in relation to the North South interconnector, seeking that it be delivered underground. This is a vital part of infrastructure on the island of Ireland but as is currently proposed by EirGrid it doesn’t have the confidence of the local community.”

“We have no confidence in EirGrid to deliver it as is needed by the local community. I along with colleagues have sat in halls along that line in Monaghan and we have heard very clearly from the landowners that they will not allow the interconnector to go overground. So we need it, but we also need to keep pressure on to have it undergrounded.”

“This motion (number 14 on the clár) is asking that we establish a party working group to look at how we can through all of the institutions on the island ensure that we continue to stand with the communities along that line and support them.” The following motion was passed unanimously: “That this Ard Fheis notes that planning permission has been granted for the North South Interconnector by An Bord Pleanála in the south and by Minister Nichola Mallon in the North without securing public acceptance….

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