Wednesday 7 December 2016

John Drennan: Nimbys out in the sticks threaten to shatter political legacies

'Local' issues like pylons and wind farms can trip up the most canny of political operators, writes John Drennan

Published 12/01/2014 | 02:30

John O'Connor,Chairman designate of EirGrid arriving for the Transport and Communications Oireachtas Committee meeting at Leinster House yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 3/1/13
John O'Connor,Chairman designate of EirGrid arriving for the Transport and Communications Oireachtas Committee meeting at Leinster House yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 3/1/13

So might we ever see the day where a silent chamber watches as a pallid Taoiseach speaks in a wistful tone about how you come through the "prom notes, the bailout, Croke Park and then it's the small things that trip you up"?

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We are probably exaggerating somewhat for not even this Government is going to fall over pylons.

However, despite their lowly original status as the pet project of Labour senators, pylons and their first cousins, the wind farms, have become a source of serious political woe for this administration.

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