Big crowd due at Trim rally against EirGrid pylon plan
Hundreds of concerned rural dwellers are expected to attend a rally in Kells, Co Meath, tonight in a show of opposition to EirGrid's plans to erect more than 1,500 pylons across Ireland.
The meeting, which is being called a 'Monster Wake Up Meeting' is the first attempt to co-ordinate a national awareness campaign about EirGrid's proposal to run 400,000-volt electrical cables across the country via pylons.
The meeting is being hosted by the North East Pylon Pressure (NEPP) group, which has been fighting Eirgrid's Meath-Tyrone project since 2008.
The Meath-Tyrone line would see 140km of high voltage cabling carried through counties Meath, Cavan, Monaghan, Armagh and Tyrone by 410 pylons.
Michael Keane, spokesman for the NEPP group said a large crowd was expected at the Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim tonight.
"We're expecting several hundred from our own area and we've had contact from similar groups nationwide," he told the Farming Independent.
"There are busloads of people coming from Wexford and Mayo and we expect a good contingent to travel from the areas affected by the Cork-Kildare route."
Under EirGrid's plans, the Grid West project will see 100km of cabling and 300 pylons erected in counties Mayo, Galway, Roscommon, Sligo and Leitrim, while the Laois-Kilkenny route will consist of 26km of cabling and 80 pylons.