Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Climate Action, Timmy Dooley has said a constructive and positive meeting took place today between Fianna Fáil Oireachtas members, public representatives from Cavan, Meath and Monaghan and community advocacy groups who are deeply concerned about the North-South Interconnector. The Party Leader Micheál Martin also attended.

Deputy Dooley added “The discussions today were very productive for all concerned. In organising this meeting, we were extremely conscious of the need to listen to the communities, hear their concerns, and understand their anxieties about the proposed over-grounding of the North-South Interconnector.

“The clear sentiment from the community groups is that they have been ignored on this issue. Submission after submission was made by groups, and individuals, opposing the over grounding, yet it seems to have had no effect.

“The North South Interconnector is a crucial energy infrastructure project for the island of Ireland, but that does not mean that local people, and local concerns, can be wilfully ignored,” added Dooley.

“Fianna Fáil has been consistent in its calls for the undergrounding of this project and the most recent evidence reveals that it actually strengthens the grid and improves reliability. The financial analysis of underground versus overground needs further investigation.

“The Government needs to understand the deep concern, and anxiety, being experienced by communities across Cavan, Meath and Monaghan. Fianna Fáil will continue to work in the Oireachtas to ensure this project is placed underground,” concluded Dooley.