Caitriona Murphy: Pylon plan a PR nightmare for EirGrid and politicians
So EirGrid is expected to delay choosing a final route for its controversial €500m Grid Link project until after the local elections in May.
Quelle surprise. Local politicians have been getting it in the neck ever since the public first became aware of the EirGrid plan to erect 750 high-rise pylons across Munster and Leinster and their chances of re-election have been shrinking every day.
Joe Public might have been powerless to prevent the punishing austerity regime imposed on him by Ireland's economic meltdown but the prospect of having a 45 metre-high metal monstrosity erected in front of his kitchen window was the straw that broke the camel's back.