27 Mar 2015
IFA REACTION TO EIRGRID ANNOUNCEMENTEnvironment & Rural Affairs
EirGrid’s decisions on Grid Link and Grid West represent a significant response to farmer and rural community concerns in the south and west.
IFA Environment and Rural Affairs Chairman Harold Kingston has described today’s announcement by EirGrid to work on existing infrastructure, rather than develop new electricity projects in the South East (Grid Link), and to explore undergrounding on Grid West, as a significant response to genuine concerns raised by farmers and local communities regarding the need and scale of the projects proposed.
Harold Kingston has also called on EirGrid to ensure that all options are presented to An Bord Pleanala at the forthcoming oral hearing for the North South interconnector project as real concerns remain.
“An Bord Pleanala, as the highest planning authority in the State, must be in a position to make their planning decision based on having all facts and options on the table.”