Deputy Seamus Healy has slammed the Government announced “review” of the Gridlink 25 as a stroke to get over the forthcoming Local and European
Elections due on 23rd May next.
For months now Deputy Healy has been calling for fully independent international review of all aspects of the Gridlink proposal. He has stressed time and time again that such a review must be independent of Eirgrid, which has its own agenda and whose consultation process was “fatally flawed” from the beginning. “This review is not independent of Eirgrid. In fact Eirgrid will prepare and supply engineering, technical and financial reports to the review panel,” says Deputy Healy.
“The panels terms of reference are far too narrow and it will make only recommendations to Minister Rabbitte who has as late as last week, confirmed his view that these high voltage cables cannot be put underground. Neither will the review panel deal with the health effects of these high voltage cables. This review is handed to the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government. Hardly an independent body under Minister Phil Hogan. His bully boy tactics in bulldozing house tax and water charges legislation through the Dáil in a matter of hours does not give the public confidence in his ability to deal with this issue in a fair and impartial manner,” added Deputy Healy.