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Fine Gael is purposefully missing the point on North-South Interconnector Investigation – Tóibín

27 June, 2017

Sinn Féin Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín has stated that the government is purposefully missing the point of the proposed, Dáil-mandated international investigation into the North South Interconnector.

The Motion that was passed in the Dáil asked the government to ‘evaluate the potential impacts of both undergrounding and overgrounding the North-South Interconnector on surrounding areas, considering such aspects as its impact on local tourism, health, landscape, agriculture, heritage, etc’.

It also required the government to ‘analyse the real costs to date, and estimated future costs, of the current proposed overhead pylon project’.

Deputy Tóibín said:

“The proposed terms of reference of the government investigation does not do what it says in the Dáil motion. I have raised it with the Minister Denis Naughten a number of times that any investigation must quantify the loss in value to homes, farmland and business along the length of the interconnector if it’s over grounded and compare this with any loss that would occur if the line is undergrounded.

“If it’s completely missing from the terms of reference of the investigation, it will not magically materialise in the final report. All Minister Naughten has added today is a study of compensation levels for overhead pylons international. These many not be accurate with regards loss of property value and they will not allow a contrast with undergrounding the 400kv cables.

“The government must go back to the drawing board and get it right. Otherwise, it is clear that this infrastructure will not be built.” 

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