Cork North West TD, Aindrias Moynihan believes there must be fair play and equality between landowners engaging with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and landowners engaging with Eirgrid regarding compensation for loss of land or access to land.

Deputy Moynihan was commenting after receiving a parliamentary reply from the Minister for Communications, Denis Naughten outlining the process by which landowners engage with to receive compensation if electric cables or pylons are placed on the land.

“At present, those landowners whose land is being purchased by TII get access to a consultant who acts on their behalf to get them the best possible deal.

“However, the same system is not applied to landowners who are having pylons placed on their land. They must negotiate directly, and without, in many cases, expert advice. This often leads to the landowner not getting the best deal.

“Take for example, landowners in the Macroom area are negotiating with, or have negotiated with both TII and Eirgrid regarding the N22 project and the installation of new electric networks respectively.

“Those negotiating with TII get a consultant, but those dealing with Eirgrid don’t.  How could anyone consider this fair or acceptable?” argued Moynihan.

“This is a scenario that is repeating itself across the country.

“There needs to be fair play and fair treatment for all landowners engaging with state agencies. They deserve the best possible deal and I worry that those landowners who need to negotiate directly are losing out,” concluded Moynihan.