Tuesday 25 July 2017

Musicians vow to fight new pylons

Greg Harkin

Top musicians including Brian Kennedy, Paul Brady and Clannad are furious after work started on a controversial electricity pylon network across some of the most scenic parts of the country.

They are campaigning against the 110KV Electricity Reinforcement Project, being developed by ESB Networks and EirGrid in Co Donegal.

They claim the network of supply lines and large poles, which will stretch to more than 100kms, will blight the stunning West Donegal scenery.

Deirdre Brennan, of the famous Brennan family who make up Clannad, said the group objecting to the overground poles, Alternatives To Pylons (ATP) would continue to fight against the project.

"There are many alternatives to these overground pylons but they are not being investigated by the ESB or EirGrid," she said.

The project is due be completed by 2013.

EirGrid project manager Peter Graham said the line was vital to help the electricity supply across the county, adding: "Having a secure electricity supply will increase Donegal's potential to attract investment."

Irish Independent

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