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Minister's pylon stance attacked

TRANSPORT Minister Leo Varadkar has come under fire after he questioned the validity of anti-pylon groups fielding candidates in local elections.

Mr Varadkar said he failed to see the "benefit" of electing such candidates as pylon projects are made by An Bord Pleanala.

One of the largest anti-pylon groups confirmed that it has been contacted by several individuals seeking to run under its umbrella

The prospect of such groups fielding candidates in May's elections has been questioned by Mr Varadkar.

"It wouldn't be unusual for candidates to put their names forward on a single issue," Mr Varadkar said. "But when it comes to the local elections, they're not about a single issue and in fact decisions on pylons are made by An Bord Pleanala, not by the council."

However, Mr Varadkar's remarks were strongly criticised by pylon campaigner Padraig O'Reilly who said: "I'm very surprised that someone at Leo Varadkar's level would so clearly miss the point on this one."


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