A Sinn Féin delegation including Deputy Michael Colreavy, Deputy Brian Stanley and Deputy Martin Ferris today met with EirGrid representatives regarding the establishment of an expert panel to review the overgrounding and undergrounding of electricity pylons.
Speaking after the meeting Deputy Colreavy said:
“It is clear that a review of the possibility of undergrounding electricity pylons was needed as there was no clear information being presented to the public.
“Minister Rabbitte had previously stated that the undergrounding of pylons was not an option, I am glad that this is now open for discussion.
“It is important all relevant information is made available to the Minister and to the public before further steps in these projects are taken.”
Deputy Stanley said:
“The Terms of Reference for the reports have yet to be published and we call on Minister Rabbitte to open the Terms of Reference to public submissions.
“They also must cover health related issues and this omission must be corrected.
“It is vital that members of the public, especially those directly affected by the erection of pylons, are able to contribute to this debate.
“The Terms of Reference will set the scope of the review and this may well influence their outcome.”
Deputy Ferris said:
“Public consultation is an important step in the development of any piece of infrastructure, especially one which has the potential to cause major disruption to people’s lives.
“It is essential that the public play an important role at every step of these projects and that their concerns are addressed.
“The public must have a say in the Terms of Reference of this review as it is clear that many communities feel uneasy about these projects.” ENDS