Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan has said the environment minister must take on board opposition to overhead power cables along the route of the proposed north south interconnector.
Speaking after it was announced that a public inquiry into the proposed interconnector is to be reconvened, the Newry and Armagh MLA said;
"This is a major issue on both sides of the border and has generated significant opposition from local communities who object to pylons and overhead power cables.
"Communities on both sides of the border have outlined their strong feeling about this proposal. I and other Sinn Féin representatives have backed them.
"A public inquiry was first convened in 2012 and I have received correspondence from the environment minister that this inquiry is to be reconvened.
"This is an important step towards finding a resolution to this contentious issue.
"It will then fall to the environment minister to make sure the planning process takes the deeply felt concerns of local communities into account."