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Government must live up to commitments on undergrounding Meath-Tyrone interconnector

18 January, 2012

Sinn Féin’s Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín has reiterated his call for the government to underground the Meath/Tyrone 400KV Interconnector.

Deputy Tóibín said:

“I am calling on the Fine Gael/Labour government to live up to their commitments. First of all they must compensate NEPP and the other campaigns that have lost funds due to Eirgrid’s planning inconsistencies. There was a definitive commitment by Fine Gael that this would happen within 3 months of the election and as of yet it has not been achieved.

“Secondly the government must live up to their commitment with regards to the undergrounding of these power lines. The report commissioned by the government failed to take into consideration the resulting fall in the value of property and land in the area. It failed to take into consideration health costs and costs to tourism and agriculture in Meath and the other counties.

“The report also failed to take into consideration the costs consequent to future delays and litigation if Eirgrid persists with seeking to foist their project on the communities along the route.

“Despite the fact the Expert Report did not take into consideration these costs it did state that the undergrounding of the Meath – Tyrone interconnector is a ‘realistic solution’. The report estimated that €286 million would be the cost of undergrounding. Given that this figure compares well with EirGrid’s stated costs of €280m for their over ground option the government must proceed with the undergrounding alternative.”

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