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.
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.
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".