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SF North-South Interconnector Bill shows leadership on undergrounding – Senator Reilly

14 January, 2016

Speaking this afternoon, Sinn Féin Senator Kathryn Reilly supported the calls of her colleague, Deputy Peadar Tóibín, for the North-South Interconnector to be put underground as Sinn Fein laid their North-South Interconnector Bill 2016 before the Dáil.

Senator Reilly said:

“Sinn Féin's position has been clear from the very start, from the time that this project was first mooted we stated that undergrounding was the best option.  While we recognise its importance to the island economy and to the safety and security of electricity supply, it is abundantly clear that this project is best delivered underground.

“The concerns of communities are very real, there are genuine worries for health, the environment, the landscape, the economic development of the areas concerned, and many more. The people and communities concerned have outlined their position for a number of years now and that is that the North-South Interconnector must go underground.

“Sinn Féin has listened to their concerns from the outset and that is why we have drafted the North-South Interconnector Bill 2016 and laid it before the Dáil today.

“Therefore, I am using this opportunity to call on all local TDs and Senators to pledge their support for this Bill and for those who have not supported the campaign over the past number of years to reflect on their failure to push for undergrounding while in government.

“The communities of Cavan and Monaghan have been let down on this issue, despite having a government Minister and many local Fine Gael TDs in government. This same failure is reflective of what happened when Fianna Fáil were in government.

“Sinn Féin is the only party with legislation and specific party policy on the issue. The North-South Interconnector Bill 2016 laid before the Dáil today shows that we are committed to delivering on the wishes of the communities of Cavan and Monaghan.”

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