Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Michael Moynihan TD, has called for clarity on whether the North-South interconnector will be included in the Government’s review of high voltage electricity cables.

Conflicting statements from Minister Pat Rabbitte and the Taoiseach have led to confusion, uncertainty and anger in communities likely to be affected by the North-South Interconnector, which runs from Meath to Tyrone.

“There is a considerable amount of confusion as to what the Government’s position is on the North-South interconnector. Will the plan be included in the EirGrid report on whether some of the electricity cables can be put underground?

“The Minister saying that he will discuss the issue with the Chair of the new committee is not good enough. The Taoiseach has said he would like to the see the North-South project as part of the review, despite it being at an advanced stage.  This seems like a badly disguised attempt to make soothing noises to communities in the North East without actually doing anything.

“The Government seems to be all over the place on the pylon issue.  If it is important that we examine the feasibility of putting cables underground in one part of the country, the same principle should apply elsewhere in the country.

“Notwithstanding our concerns about how open the Minister actually is to changing his plans, I am calling for the Taoiseach and Minister Rabbitte to make a clear and unambiguous statement as to whether the North South interconnector will be included in this exercise.”