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Calls for Dodds to engage with ministerial colleagues over inter-connector concerns

15 June, 2007

Sinn Féin Newry Armagh MLA Cathal Boylan has called on Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minster Nigel Dodds to have early discussion with both the Environment Minister and the Health Minster to address the serious concerns that people have about the North-South electricity inter-connector.

Mr Boylan said:

"I am disappointed that there have been no official discussions between DETI and the Environment Minister and no discussions at all between DETI and the Health Department about the North-South electricity inter-connector.

"This is a huge issue for local people who have very genuine concerns about the inter-connector.

"Joined up government is about all of the relevant agencies and government departments working together. I would have though that such an important issue as this demands that Nigel Dodds engages with both Arlene Foster and Michael McGimpsey to plot a way forward.

"The inter-connecter is an important project that is an essential component in the development of the all Ireland energy market. However, the health concerns of local people must be taken into account and all options, including the possibility of laying cables underground, must be fully explored." ENDS

Note to Editors

Arlene Foster and Michael McGimpsey response to questions from Cathal Boylan in AQW 536/07 and 527/07 respectively.

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