Mattie McGrath TD has said that a protest and information meeting held in Cahir house Hotel concerning Eirgrid’s proposed Gridlink project was a massive success and was filled to capacity with committed and well informed Tipperary residents.
The meeting - held on Tuesday night last week - attracted up to 400 people and heard from a number of excellent contributors and speakers about the deep and lasting impact the pylon project would have on both the natural and human environment.
“The meeting exceeded our best hopes and expectations and demonstrated that the people of Tipperary are not prepared to sit back and swallow the commercially driven misinformation that Eirgrid have propagated over the last number of months. Everyone who spoke contributed in a calm and measured way while at the same time leaving Eirgrid in no doubt that there is seething anger about the devastation that will ensue if this project goes ahead,” said Deputy McGrath. Eirgrid have responded to the meeting by calling the concerns of the residents ‘sensationalist’ and ‘uninformed.’ They have stressed that what is proposed as an alternative by those opposed to the project - to underground the cables - is simply not feasible. “Eirgrid ... (are) engaging with the concerns of Tipperary residents in a dismissive and patronising manner,” concluded Deputy McGrath.