Farm Ireland

Sunday 22 April 2018

Anti-pylon group urge delay

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

An anti-pylon pressure group has called on the Government to press pause on EirGrid's planning application process for the North-South interconnector until a cost comparison between running the 400kv lines over-ground and underground can be completed. The North East Pylon Pressure (NEPP) group said EirGrid's own costings ignored land devaluation factors.

Speaking at a meeting of close to 1,000 concerned people at the NEPP's public meeting in Trim, agricultural consultant Philip Farrelly claimed land devaluation by overhead lines and pylons could cost landowners €200-250m.

Five national rallies have been proposed to highlight the Supporting Our Underground Logic (SOUL) movement.

More than 200 people attended a rally in Mahon Falls, Co Waterford, against EirGrid plans to erect 40m high pylons and 400kv wires through the Comeragh mountains area.

Bord Pleanala hearings continue about the planned substation at Ratheniska, Co Laois.

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