Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said that the latest revelations about Eirgrid’s proposed pylon routes will have decimated any trust that people may have had in Eirgrid’s public statements about transparency and meaningful public consultation.
Deputy McGrath was speaking after it was confirmed proposals for four extra routes were submitted by EirGrid to the European Transmissions System Operations of Electricity (ENTSO-E) as part of the EU agency’s Ten Year Network Development Plan (TYNDP) 2012. Among proposed routes are corridors from Dunstown to Maynooth in north Kildare; Dunstown to Carrickmines in south county Dublin:
“How can any of us now have a shred of confidence in the claims that Eirgrid is making in terms of building up public trust? We are now in a situation where the Taoiseach of this Country has had to make calls on a semi-state body to engage in more detailed and honest debate surrounding this hugely controversial issue of over-head pylon infrastructure; this is an incredible state of affairs and demonstrates that behind all the rhetoric Eirgrid believes it is a law unto itself.
People are now genuinely frightened that Eirgrid is simply going to dismiss their concerns and do what they like, it is totally unacceptable.”
Deputy McGrath has encouraged constituents and all those concerned to keep in mind that the deadline for public submissions relating to the Eirgrid Grid-Link Project is January 7th. He has also called on Tipperary Government Ministers, Tom Hayes and Alan Kelly to be exercise a more vocal approach in terms of communicating the fears and concerns that are now widespread across the county to the Cabinet:
“Yesterday I organised a public walk along the Knockmealdown Mountains in order to demonstrate to Eirgrid that the people of Tipperary will continue resist the threat to their natural environment that this plan, if implemented will incur. Despite the bad weather spirits were high and there was a great sense of solidarity.
It would have been great to have had at least one of our Government Ministers there standing side by side with their own people but this was not the case. I am again calling on everyone concerned to engage immediately with Eirgrid and your public representatives before the submission deadline of the 7th January.
We have seen that Eirgrid are duplicitous but that should not deter us from continuing to meet their spin and denials with honest public engagement,” concluded Deputy McGrath.