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Sinn Féin team will be ready for North-South Interconnector hearing - Senator Reilly

16 February, 2016

Speaking this afternoon on the news that the An Bord Pleanála oral hearing on North-South Interconnector is due to take place in early March, Sinn Féin’s Kathryn Reilly said that Sinn Féin will be sending a team to the hearing and they will be ready to argue the case for undergrounding.

Senator Reilly said:

“Given that in all likelihood the oral hearing to An Bord Pleanála on North-South Interconnector is due to take place early in March, I am urging communities and those presenting or attending the hearing to be ready to put together the strongest possible case for undergrounding.

“Sinn Fein will be sending a strong team to the hearing and despite the intensity of the current campaigning for the General Election we are still as committed as ever to having the North-South Interconnector undergrounded. 

“We all need to be strong on this issue and make sure that after the election the people and parties who said they would support undergrounding stay true to their word.

“Too often the people of Cavan and Monaghan have been let down by those running for election on such issues as this. It was never as apparent as after the last election when the three elected Fine Gael TDs went silent on the issue of the North-South Interconnector.

“The communities of Cavan, Monaghan, and Meath have made it be known that they will not 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.

“Let me be clear in assuring all involved that whatever date the hearing is called for Sinn Féin will be steadfast in our opposition to overhead power-lines and associated pylons. The only way for this project to continue is for the North-South Interconnector to be undergrounded.”

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