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Sinn Féin MLA to meet Utility Regulator to discuss Electricity Interconnector concerns

10 August, 2009 - by Cathal Boylan


Cathal Boylan, Sinn Féin Vice Chair of the Assembly’s Environment Committee will meet with the Utility Regulator, Iain Osborne, on Wednesday 12th August to discuss NIE’s controversial proposal to erect a 400kv overhead power line through large areas of Armagh and Tyrone, part of a joint project with Eirgrid, its counterpart in the 26 Counties. The project is part of an all island strategy between the two main electricity providers in order to meet European regulations.

Accompanying Mr Boylan will be his Sinn Féin colleague Councillor Mary Doyle, and members of SEAT and NEPP, two of the strongest lobby groups across the island opposed to the installation of these overhead power lines.

Mr Boylan said:

"I welcome the opportunity to meet with Mr Osborne to follow up on issues raised through his presentation and correspondence to the Committee. The groups seek answers to outstanding questions which they have on issues such as cost, consumer choice and value for money. We hope these issues will form part of the discussions given it is the Regulators duty to ensure that the interests of the consumer are protected.

"Whilst Sinn Féin are in favour of initiatives which will result in reduced electricity costs for consumers, any proposals must recognise the safety concerns and welfare of people in the affected areas of Meath, Cavan, Monaghan, Armagh and Tyrone. Their concerns must be paramount in any proposed project, and these can only be sufficiently met by placing these cables underground." ENDS

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