Sinn Féin Cavan-Monaghan TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has called for the cabling for the new North-South Interconnecter to be routed underground, in light of the news that Eirgrid plans to unveil underground route options for both the Grid West and the Grid Link projects. Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
“Clearly shaken by the level of community opposition to giant pylons, the Coalition Government has directed Eirgrid to develop comprehensive underground options for electricity grid projects in both the West and the South.
“Yet the North-East - where widespread opposition to massive pylons was first demonstrated - is left out of these plans. Communities in Counties Meath, Cavan, Monaghan, Armagh and Tyrone are expected to passively accept these pylons. That is not going to happen.
“It adds insult to injury to learn that this region is ignored while the Government orders underground plans to be developed for Grid West in Co. Roscommon and the Taoiseach’s own constituency of Co. Mayo, as well as for the Grid Link project, connecting Co. Kildare with Co. Cork via Co. Wexford.
“I welcome these new plans. However the same principle should apply to the route of the North-South Interconnector and undergrounding must be the way forward here also.”