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NIE planning application not end of fight

18 March, 2009 - by Cathal Boylan

Responding to the NIE statement of intent to proceed with planning permission for the Cavan-Tyrone Electricity Interconnector to be placed over ground, Cathal Boylan, MLA for Newry and Armagh, has said; 

‘The statement from NIE has confused many people who have contacted me believing that this is the end of the matter. It is felt that now they have stated they will be applying for planning permission that the erecting of pylons across the Armagh and Tyrone countryside will be a foregone conclusion, but in fact that is not the case.’ 

The Sinn Féin representative continued; 

‘This type of planning application will be treated as an Article 31, which means the Minister of the Environment will have the final say on the outcome. So the matter is not cut and dried. NIE also have to overcome the hurdle of a united front from land owners opposed to their current plans.’ 

‘The NIE statement provided nothing new, people always knew that it would be more expensive to underground. That is not the issue, the concerns are on possible health implications and people feel that in order to ease those fears then cost should not be a factor. Sinn Féin will continue to support SEAT and NEPP in the 26 counties on this matter.’

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