Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth says she’s very disappointed by the decision of An Bord Pleanala to grant permission for the construction of the North-South interconnector.  The project will see almost 300 pylons built across Cavan, Monaghan and Meath – despite huge objections from local residents and landowners.

Deputy Smyth explained, “This morning’s decision by An Bord Pleanala is extremely disappointing given the divisive nature of the project.  Many people living in the border region have been steadfastly opposed to the plan, which will see hundreds of pylons built across three counties.  They have expressed serious environmental and health concerns, which have been ignored by An Bord Pleanala.

“My party has long argued for the undergrounding of this project, especially since costs have vastly reduced since the plan was first mooted almost a decade ago.  Despite holding public meetings and consultations, Eirgrid, the Government and An Bord Pleanala have clearly ignored the concerns of local people.  They seem determined to plough ahead with their plans regardless.

“There is now an 8 week period in which an application for a judicial review of the decision can be made and I fully anticipate that groups will lodge proceedings.  There is no doubt that we need access to a safe and secure energy supply but there are a range of issues that need to be considered, including the upgrade of the current infrastructure and the undergrounding of the project”.