EirGrid’s latest proposals on the national grid development strategy have caused great concern for communities in the path of the proposed North-South Interconnector. In a complete U-turn, EirGrid now accepts that Grid Link West and Grid Link South East have the feasibility and reduced costing for providing undergrounding transmission lines.
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Communications Michael Moynihan said: “Communities in Meath, Cavan and Monaghan are asking themselves why no underground cabling proposals are not outlined for the North-South Interconnector.
“On the foot of this, I requested that EirGrid come before the Committee on Transport and Communications immediately to explain why they still think that building over ground pylons is the only option for the North-South Interconnector. Thankfully, this request has been agreed to by the committee. Further, EirGrid should appear before the committee before they lodge the planning application for the interconnector.
“It now seems clear that the review of EirGrid’s pylon plans in the North-East was a sham. It was simply a way of Fine Gael kicking the matter down the road during the Meath East bye-election and the Local and European Elections last year. Further, if underground cabling can be considered a viable option in the Taoiseach’s home constituency, why couldn’t this proposal be applied to communities in the path of the North-South Interconnector?”