Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has welcomed the announcement that EirGrid have proposed plans to place part of the GridWest project underground.
Speaking on the issue, Deputy Colreavy said:
“It is welcoming to see that EirGrid are proposing to place some of the high voltage lines of the GridWest project underground.
“Local communities have expressed serious concern over the overhead pylons that were originally planned by EirGrid.
“Not only did people take issue with the visual impact of these pylons, but many locals felt that there could be possible adverse health effects from these infrastructures.
“EirGrid’s announcement debunks arguments that it is technically impossible to place these electricity cables underground.
“The underground option is clearly an option and there are some definite benefits in placing high-voltage cables below the soil.
“The option of undergrounding should not be limited to the GridWest project but must be actively investigated for the GridLink project and for the North/South Interconnector.
“There are options other than the overgrounding of cables with pylons available to EirGrid, and these options must be acted upon.”