Tuesday 21 October 2014

Independent investigation ordered into underground pylons

Published 28/01/2014 | 14:27

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte Picture: Frank Mc Grath

THE Government is going to set up an independent investigation into putting pylons underground.

The move comes following a massive campaign by communities across the country against the pylon projects.

Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte is to establish an independent commission on the transmission network examining to investigate the underground options for the Gridlink and Gridwest projects.

The commission will be headed up by a retired judge and a panel of experts.

Gridlink runs from Cork to Kildare via Wexford, costing €500m, and Gridwest goes from Mayo to Roscommon, costing €240.

Campaigners have been calling for the transmission network to put underground along the routes.

The setting up of the Commission was agreed at the Cabinet meeting today.

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