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de Brún raises issue of interconnector in European Commission

31 January, 2008 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has submitted an oral question to the European Commission on the contentious issue of the under grounding of electronic wires and in particular the need for guidelines on best practise regarding the installation of high voltage wires in residential areas.

This follows an intensified campaign by Sinn Féin to oppose new electrical power structures by Eirgrid and NIE.

Speaking from Brussels today, Ms de Brún said,

"Following an intensified, co-ordinated cross-border opposition to proposals to erect an above-ground North-South 400kv interconnector running from County Tyrone to County Cavan and the Eirgrid stand-alone proposal to erect a new 400kv pylon-supported power line from Woodland, County Meath, to Kingscourt, County Cavan I have lodged a question to the European Commission asking them to outline regulations for the under grounding of electronic wires and in particular the guidelines on best practise regarding the installation of high voltage wires in residential areas.

She continued,

"It is Sinn Féin's intention to complement 'in every way possible' the campaign of determined opposition that has grown the entire length of these proposed new power lines.

"We are at one with campaigning communities across all of the affected counties and will be using our political strength in the EU to enhance that community-led effort to force Eirgrid and the NIE to re-think their approach to these planned power lines." ENDS

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