Monday 24 October 2016

Abandoned pylon plan raises many questions

Published 09/10/2015 | 02:30

EIRGRID has abandoned its plans to build a €215m network of overhead pylons from Cork to Kildare.

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It is a move that will save households money through a levy on bills but raises many questions about the development of the hugely unpopular programme by the semi-state company.

The pylons proposal, which met with strong resistance from members of the public - who expressed concerns over their impact on health, amongst other things - was developed as far back as 2008.

But it was only last week, following publication of a report of an expert panel, that a decision was taken to scrap the plan.

The decision to abandon the pylons raises questions about the State's ability to anticipate and embrace changes in areas such as technology, finance, planning - and public expectations.

Investment in infrastructure is critical and the State must learn to consult with communities, stay abreast of technology and not be overtaken by events.

Irish Independent

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