Tuesday 4 August 2015

Compensation proposal not enough – farmers

Eoghan MacConnell

Published 30/01/2014 | 02:30

Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association (ICSA) national president, Gabriel Gilmartin
Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association (ICSA) national president, Gabriel Gilmartin

A LEADING farming organisation has described EirGrid's pylon compensation proposals as insufficient.

The Irish Independent revealed that EirGrid will offer compensation of between €30,000 and €5,000 to families living within 50m to 200m of pylons depending on the proximity of a residence.

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA) wants the expert panel appointed to oversee the examination of power line undergrounding options to ensure the costings include a "realistic level of compensation" for landowners.

Cautiously welcoming the appointment of an expert panel, ICSA president Gabriel Gilmartin said: "It remains to be seen if the terms of reference will be adequate to ensure satisfactory examination of the issues.

"It will be vital that the panel does its costings on the basis of realistic compensation for landowners," he remarked.

The ICSA expressed serious concerns over EirGrid's initial dismissal of undergrounding and its continued focus on an overhead powerlines.

Mr Gilmartin said: "We also found it alarming that EirGrid appeared to have very little regard to agriculture in the Grid Link Stage 1 report, outside of references to the landscape."

He said: "The report fails to make the critical connection between farmland and working family farms."

Irish Independent

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