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Boylan to meet Department of Infrastructure on interconnector

23 January, 2018 - by Cathal Boylan

Sinn Féin environment, energy and climate change spokesperson MLA Cathal Boylan has said he will be requesting a meeting with the Department of Infrastructure to discuss today’s decision to grant full planning permission for the All-Ireland interconnector to proceed as proposed.

Cathal Boylan said:  

“Sinn Féin recognise that the interconnector has an important role in the provision of the All-Ireland electricity and utilities.

“We have long argued that it should be developed using undergrounding technology in order to protect rural communities.

"It is vitally important that the views and needs of residents in the surrounding areas are fully taken into account at all points in this project.

“There has been huge opposition to over head pylons in these areas, including thousands of objections and local campaigns.

“We will carefully consider the decision notice and associated documentation including the independent report and recommendations to Planning Appeals Commission and will be requesting a meeting with the Department on this matter.” 

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