Sunday 25 February 2018

Editorial: Pylon problem could be real headache for Kenny

There is a saying in politics that it is the "little things" that trip you up. In the case of the current Coalition, there is one very large symbol looming on the horizon, a series of pylons that will traverse the country from Meath to Tyrone, Kildare to Cork, via Wexford and Waterford, and from Roscommon across to Mayo.

There are an awful lot of voters living near these pylon corridors and a lot more who believe that they will be a blot on the Irish landscape.

There are also a good deal of worried rural politicians in both Fine Gael and Labour who fear that pylons will be an issue at the next election, even if the controversy has been drop-kicked past this year's local elections, when discussions on the final route will still be taking place.

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