Coonan welcomes extension of Gridlink Project consultation deadline

Fine Gael TD Noel Coonan
Tipperary TD Noel Coonan has welcomed the decision by Eirgird to extend the period of public consultation for the Gridlink Project to January 7.

Tipperary TD Noel Coonan has welcomed the decision by Eirgird to extend the period of public consultation for the Gridlink Project to January 7.

He said it it will come as relief to many Tipperary people concerned about the route accessing parts of South Tipperary.

“I have been contacted by several people living in South Tipperary who have already made submissions to Eirgrid and who are concerned about the impact pylons may have on tourism, agriculture and quality of life in their area.

“I subsequently contacted Minister Rabbitte on behalf of these same people and I am pleased the Minister and Eirgrid have listened to concerns and responded to a request by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications to extend the consultation period,” said Deputy Coonan.

“People will now have until January 7 to make their input. Only one corridor can be selected but it is important that people along all routes are afforded their say. The €500 million Grid Link Project is the proposed new overhead power line linking the electricity transmission networks in Leinster and Munster,” concluded Deputy Coonan.