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The North-South Interconnector must go underground – Reilly

29 April, 2015

Sinn Féin Senator Kathryn Reilly today stated that the people of Cavan, Monaghan, and Meath have made their position very clear and the government must now compel EirGrid to route the North-South Interconnector underground and abandon plans for over-head pylons.

 “At last night’s North East Pylon Pressure (NEPP) organisation meeting in Kells, Co. Meath, attended by Sinn Féin representatives across the region, the people affected in Cavan, Monaghan, and Meath made it explicitly clear that they do not want high voltage power lines supported by over-head pylons running through their communities, beside their houses, and across their land.”

“The concerns for these people are very real and should be addressed by the Fine Gael/Labour government and by EirGrid. There are genuine worries for health, the environment, the landscape, the economic development of the areas concerned, and many more. The people and communities concerned have outlined their position for a number of years now and that is that the North-South Interconnector must go underground.”

“Communities on both sides of the border have outlined their strong feeling about this proposal. Sinn Féin has listened to the affected communities and we fully support the undergrounding of these cables both north and south.”

“Report after report, including one published by the government appointed International expert commission have clearly proved that under-grounding of the power-lines is both possible and feasible. Indeed, many argue that in the medium to long term, undergrounding is economically beneficial.”

“The communities in Meath, Cavan, Monaghan, Armagh and Tyrone are not going to passively accept 400kv overhead power-lines and associated pylons on their landscapes. They have shown their opposition individually and through organisations such as the NEPP. In recent meetings it is clear that their determination is as resolute as ever.  Unfortunately the government and EirGrid continue to ignore their concerns.”

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