Pressure group loses appeal to stop high-power electricity line between Meath and Tyrone
A bid to overturn An Bord Pleanala’s planning permission to EirGrid for the construction of a 138-kilometre-long North-South Interconnector were thrown out today Tuesday in the High court by Mr Justice Max Barrett.
The Interconnector project comprises a 400kV overhead line circuit linking an existing substation in Woodland, Co Meath, with a planned substation in Turleenan, Co Tyrone.
It is planned to provide a second high-capacity all-Ireland electricity interconnector, the existing one being a 275kV double circuit overhead line between Co Louth and Co Armagh.
Judge Barrett said few if any of us would welcome the news that a great line of electricity pylons and linking wires was due to be erected on or across property that we chanced to own or otherwise enjoyed.
He said the applicants, North East Pylon Pressure Campaign Limited and Ms Maura Sheehy, living in a beautiful part of Ireland and enjoying some of the best of the Irish countryside, understandably object to the interconnector being built upon their properties, by their homes or across their townlands.
“But when it comes to the decision of an Bord Pleanala to grant approval to EirGrid the court is coerced as a matter of law into concluding that there is no lawful basis that would justify it granting any of the reliefs the applicants seek,” the judge said.
Judge Barrett, in a 220-page reserved judgment, said the application to quash the Bord’s decision to grant approval, was, among other legal challenges to the scheme “respectfully refused by the court.”
He said the thrust of his judgment was such that the issue of jus tertii (the pleading by one of the rights of another) was not of the significance that it might otherwise have been.