Independent TD Mattie McGrath has cautiously welcomed the decision by Eirgrid to substantially revise elements of its South-East Grid-Link Project.
Deputy McGrath made his comments after Eirgrids latest strategy for the project confirmed it would now focus on under grounding its cables rather than committing to over-head pylons: “What Eirgrid have effectively acknowledged is that rural communities and towns, like those in south Tipperary, have at all stages of this campaign demonstrated far more vision and practical insight about this process than it has been capable of. The decision to prioritise the underground options represents a major concession and a significant departure from Eirgrid’s previous assertions about technical impossibilities as an insurmountable obstacle.”
“The campaign must now move to having these concessions guaranteed and ring-fenced in terms of having the over-head pylon option removed from the table. Communities across Tipperary and indeed Waterford, who have fought long and hard to protect their rich environmental heritage can be encouraged by this latest news. That being said, we cannot become complacent but must work even harder to keep up the pressure on Eirgrid to ensure it continues to listen to the voices of the communities most affected by the Grid Link project,” concluded Deputy McGrath.