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Doherty needs to be honest with people over Interconnector – Tóibín

18 May, 2017


Sinn Féin TD for Meath West Peadar Tóibín TD has expressed his disappointment regarding the varying stance that Regina Doherty has been taking on the North South Interconnector.

An Teachta Tóibín is particularly troubled by Deputy Doherty’s flip-flopping of her position as she is a member of Cabinet. The over grounding of the North-South Interconnector is Fine Gael and government policy. She cannot be against it in Meath but act as a Minister in a government pushing the project through.

An Teachta Tóibín said:

“Fine Gael are looking to build hundreds of 45 meter high pylons just 50 meters away from people’s homes. These pylons are carrying 400kv power lines, and naturally there is huge concern regarding the impact that this will have on the locality.

“In February, a motion was passed in the Dáil seeking a full international investigation into the costs of undergrounding the North-South Interconnector. Fine Gael had wanted a watered down version of this investigation – with no independent study or onus to implement the findings - which Deputy Doherty robustly defended and voted for.

“Now, Deputy Doherty is claiming that she couldn’t agree with the Fine Gael version of the motion at the time – because it was watered down and not strong enough. This is a clear contradiction on her previous stance where she was fully in support of the Fine Gael position.

“Deputy Doherty is claiming that her views have never changed on this issue, but she has plainly contradicted herself on radio interviews. It is disquieting to say the least that a Cabinet member is proving so flaky on an issue of such huge importance to the area. She is clearly displaying bad faith in these issues, and if all parties are to work together to achieve undergrounding – her flip-flopping is simply not good enough.

“The key question is will the terms of reference take into consideration the destruction of the value of homes and land. Will it take into consideration the costs to agriculture and tourism? If it doesn’t it’s a sham and no amount of flip flopping from Fine Gael will fool the people of Meath.” 

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