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Contentious issue: Powerlines should not be erected on land prior to comprehensive agreements that fully reflect the rights to compensation laid down by statute and case law

Contentious issue: Powerlines should not be erected on land prior to comprehensive agreements that fully reflect the rights to compensation laid down by statute and case law

Contentious issue: Powerlines should not be erected on land prior to comprehensive agreements that fully reflect the rights to compensation laid down by statute and case law

I am frequently asked if it is worthwhile for landowners to resist the construction of electric powerlines across their property. Because the powers held by ESB/ Eirgrid are so strong, based on my experience, I must admit that it is doubtful.

Huge sums have been spent on these objections and, while there have been a few notable successes, it is very likely that these schemes could return, like a malady, in a slightly different and even more objectionable form.

Another frequent question is about the health hazards associated with electric lines. While I am not in a position to give guidance on this matter, there is a definite perception in the public mind - which is generally reflected by a negative impact on the value of adjoining property.


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