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Environment Committee hear evidence for putting Interconnector underground

2 April, 2009 - by Cathal Boylan

At the invitation of Newry and Armagh Sinn Féin MLA, Cathal Boylan, leading scientists gave evidence to the DoE Committee as to their opinion that the Tyrone – Cavan Electricity Interconnector could and should be put underground. 

Professor Noack, author of the ‘Askon Report’, was joined by colleague Dr. Plegur, and they give a convincing and robust argument as to why the controversial North – South connection, opposed by the vast majority of residents along the proposed route from Meath, Cavan, Monaghan, Armagh and Tyrone, could be put underground. 

The clear message coming through from the experts was that putting the connection underground was not only feasible, but more reliable and economically viable. 

Cathal Boylan, who chaired the meeting, said afterwards; 

‘The evidence given today certainly impressed the Committee members. It was a very detailed study and report. The case was strongly made that putting these cables underground are a sensible solution for transmitting electricity.’ 

‘Having heard Professor Noack today, an eminent expert in his field, he made a convincing argument that undergrounding makes sense.’

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