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Sinn Fein call on Foster to match South’s independent study of overhead electricity cables

6 February, 2008


Sinn Féin Newry Armagh MLA Cathal Boylan, who is deputy chair of the Assembly Environment Committee, has welcomed the announcement from 26 County Minister Eamon Ryan of plans to conduct an independent study of Ireland's power line infrastructure including the merits of installing underground cables as opposed to erecting overhead wires.

Cathal Boylan challenged Northern Environment Minister Arlene Foster to announce provision to widen the study on an all-Ireland basis.

Mr Boylan said:

"Sinn Fein share the concerns of many people across this Ireland about the effects of electro-magnetic radiation from overhead electricity power cables and welcome the fact that this independent study announced today will also look at the merits of installing underground cables as opposed to erecting overhead wires.

"There are widespread concerns about the proposed North-South electricity Inter-connector and demands for it to be laid underground.

"Arlene Foster seems unwilling to take these genuine concerns seriously. Now there is an opportunity to address the environmental and health concerns of people living in close proximity to the proposed route of this electricity Inter-connector by making provisions to widen the study on an all-Ireland basis." ENDS

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