North-South electricity interconnector to face legal challenge by landowners

A group representing around 190 landowners is to challenge the planning permission for the project.
A group representing around 190 landowners is to challenge the planning permission for the project.

Tim Healy

A group representing about 190 land owners affected by the planned North-South electricity interconnector has secured leave from the High Court to challenge An Bord Pleanala's permission for the project. 

The detailed grounds of the challenge include claims of failure by the board to properly address the potential impact of Brexit on the project and to consider environmental issues and the rights of affected landowners.

The case is against the board; the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources; and the State, with Eirgrid plc as a notice party. 

Eirgrid has described the planned interconnector as a critical piece of national infrastructure. 

The judicial review is brought by the North East Pylon Pressure Campaign Ltd, with an address at Navan, Co Meath, and Maura Sheehy, a farmer, of Teltown Road, Donaghpatrick, Co Meath.  

Ms Sheehy said in an affidavit she has "grave concerns" about pylons near her home and feared this "obtrusive" development would destroy "not only my life but the life of my community and the simple rural landscape".

The case is the third initiated in the High Court over the interconnector, due to run from Batterstown in Meath, to Turleenan in Co Tyrone. 

Earlier this month, David Malone, of Eurolaw Environmental Consultants, St Joseph Terrace, Portarlington, got leave to bring separate proceedings.

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A decision on whether to grant leave to another man to bring a third, also separate, case, was adjourned on Monday for two weeks.

Mr Justice Seamus Noonan granted leave for judicial review and returned the matter to April 25.

He granted a stay on implementation of the conditions of the permission but gave liberty to the respondents and notice parties to apply if they wished to vary the terms of the stay.

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