21 Dec 2016
DECISION TO APPROVE EIRGRID’S NORTH SOUTH ELECTRICITY PROJECT DISREGARDS COMMUNITY CONCERNS – IFAEnvironment & Rural Affairs
IFA Environment & Rural Affairs Chairman Thomas Cooney has described the decision by An Bord Pleanála to give EirGrid planning permission to construct several hundred pylons across the north-east as a decision which broadly ignores the substantial concerns and wishes of the communities that are being asked to endure this infrastructure.
Thomas Cooney said, “Communities across Meath, Monaghan and Cavan have made it very clear at every opportunity, including at two oral hearings, that this project should only proceed in a way which caused the least long-term impact and that the line should have been put underground”.
He added, “From the beginning, EirGrid did not support the proposal to underground this project and it seems as if they have achieved their desired outcome today. However, communities are now left in a position where by and large their concerns have been rejected by An Bord Pleanála.”