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Sunday 22 October 2017

Top trainer Willie Mullins demands rethink on pylon plan - claims it will damage equine industry

Willie Mullins with Hurricane Fly
Willie Mullins with Hurricane Fly

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

CHAMPION horse trainer Willie Mullins has demanded a rethink on EirGrid plans to build a network of pylons, claiming it will damage our equine industry.

Mr Mullins took to the stage at the Phillips Manager of the Year Awards in Dublin to address Sports Minister Michael Ring, who was in attendance.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, he said: "I would urge the Government to really listen to people in rural communities.

"It's only when you go abroad and realise the value and respect the Irish equine industry is held, that you realise we must protect it," he said.

Mr Ring said he would relay the concerns to his colleagues.

Meanwhile, Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte was accused of undermining an Oireachtas committee after he attacked members for their criticism of the incoming EirGrid chairman, John O'Connor.

In a letter to the Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications, seen by the Irish Independent, Mr Rabbitte wrote: "I regret that a small number of colleagues felt unable to strongly express their views without being personally offensive to Mr O'Connor."

Fianna Fail TD Timmy Dooley accused Mr Rabbitte of "undermining the committee".

Irish Independent

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