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Government commission faulty North-South Interconnector underground investigation –Tóibín

9 May, 2017

Meath Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín has responded to the Government commissioning on a new investigation into the development of the North-South Interconnector.

An Teachta Tóibín said:

“We are in favour of the North-South Interconnector being built in order to reduce the cost of electricity, secure its supply and increase the level of sustainable energy that can be generated. We support an all-Ireland energy market. 

“However, we only support such a project if it is delivered in an economically and socially responsible manner.  There exists immovable opposition in the five affected counties. This opposition is informed by health concerns and the potential cost to the economy with regards to a possible collapse in home and land prices along the route. Other economic costs include the damage that will be done to farming, tourism, and business in general, never mind the delays resulting from the stubborn decision to over ground.

“Shockingly, the government have produced a terms of reference that has not taken into consideration any of the costs above and focuses singularly on the project engineering costs. It is impossible for a true understanding of the project to be gained with these limited terms of references. It is clear if you delete certain input costs from the model, you will get a particular result from the investigation.

“It is clear that the initial Fianna Fáil motion on the subject was as weak as dishwater. The future of this project will be determined by a government decision. The decision to underground is needed now.”

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