Legal challenge launched against North-South electricity interconnector

The proposed interconnector which is due to run from Batterstown in Meath, to Turleenan in Co Tyrone.  Photo: Getty Images
The proposed interconnector which is due to run from Batterstown in Meath, to Turleenan in Co Tyrone.  Photo: Getty Images

Tim Healy

A legal challenge has been launched to An Bord Pleanála's decision to allow EirGrid build a new North-South electricity interconnector.

The action has been brought by David Malone against the proposed interconnector which is due to run from Batterstown in Meath, to Turleenan in Co Tyrone. 

In a decision issued on December 19 last An Bord Pleanála granted EirGrid permission to construct almost 300 pylons in counties Meath, Cavan and Monaghan.  

The decision to grant approval, with conditions, came after a 12-week oral hearing.

In his judicial review proceedings, Mr Malone of Eurolaw Environmental Consultants, St Joseph Terrace Portarlington, Co Offaly, wants the decision quashed.

He claims the decision is unlawful and in breach of both national and EU laws. 

He claims the board failed to implement the provisions of EU directives including one concerning the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

Eirgrid is a notice party to the proceedings.  

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Mr Malone's application came before Mr Justice Seamus Noonan on Monday when the judge adjourned the matter for a week to allow Mr Malone's lawyers make a technical amendment to his statement of grounds. 

Opponents of the project want the cable buried underground.

Eirgrid says it is a critical piece of national infrastructure. 

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