The Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment Brian Stanley TD this afternoon questioned Minister Phil Hogan on the forthcoming review of the proposed placing of pylons as part of the interconnector projects.
Deputy Stanley asked the Minister to “explain how it is that the companies involved in the proposed midlands wind farm project have decided to use underground cabling, rather than overhead pylons.
“Surely as a commercial entity whose bottom line is profit, the companies concerned do not agree with the cost factor often cited by Eirgrid and the Government as to why the transmission must be overhead.
“It is also the case that the former Eirgrid CEO and now board member of the company involved in the wind farm project, Element Power, Dermot Byrne has undergone a Pauline conversion to underground cabling. When he was with EirGrid, he claimed that underground cabling was too expensive and therefore unfeasible.”
Stanley also asked the Minister whether the pylon review would include the north south interconnector, about which there appear to be divergent views within the cabinet. Minister Hogan did not clarify that issue.