Cathal Boylan and Gerry Adams voice opposition to Interconnector at Sinn Féin Ard Fheis
Sinn Féin MLA for Newry/Armagh Cathal Boylan told Sinn Féin's Ard Fheis on Saturday that the Cavan to Tyrone Interconnector cannot go ahead as planned.
During his speech to the Ard Fheis Mr. Boylan said,
"Sinn Féin supports the proposal for an all-Ireland energy system that will benefit the consumer. That can best be met by putting any proposed interconnector underground, and Sinn Féin supports the public, through groups like NEPP and SEAT, in its call for that.
"The Cavan to Tyrone electricity interconnector has been a worrying and emotive subject for the public who live along the proposed route. The reason for that concern is the fear of health risks connected to overhead power lines that carry up to 400 kV. In Ireland, no such voltage has been carried by overhead power lines before.
"The public not only needs reassurance on health issues, but there are also concerns of the detrimental environmental impact of 40 km of pylons - irrespective of their size - in the North and 40 km in the South, which will cut across the drumlins of Monaghan, Armagh and the other counties.
"Any planning applications must take into account that these pylons will be visibly intrusive and impact adversely not only on the environment but on property and land prices in the affected areas.
"The concerns are not about cost. They are about the health of future generations who will live near the interconnector. Although we do not have a crystal ball, we know that future generations will judge us on the decisions that we make in the coming months." ENDS
Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams also spoke on the motion and pledged his support for NEPP and SEAT in their campaigns.