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Alex White has no moral or democratic authority to proceed with the over grounding of the North South Interconnector – Tóibín

5 April, 2016


Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín has criticised Minister Alex White for proceeding with the over grounding of the North South Interconnector, despite the fact that the new Dáil has a majority of TDs who oppose the over grounding of these cables, saying that “a Minister who lost his seat and has no mandate is still proceeding with the previous policy”.

The Meath West TD said:

“The old FG/Labour government sought to over ground the North South Interconnector. This is despite the feared damage that 400,000v lines would do to health and the material damage that the lines will do to property value, tourism, the economy and our heritage.

“The previous government’s plan has been superseded by the technology developments and in recent times experts and Eirgrid have admitted that undergrounding the lines is both feasible and possible.

“Shockingly, despite the fact that the new Dáil has a majority of TDs who oppose the over grounding of these cables, a Minister who lost his seat and has no mandate is still proceeding with the previous policy. He has no moral or democratic authority to do so and needs to align government policy with the new mandate of the Dáil.

“Minister Alex White needs to pull the Eirgrid application from the An Bord Pleanála oral hearings immediately, especially given that fact that the Eirgrid application has been shown to be flawed and devoid of the necessary public consultation.”

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