Deputy Seamus Healy (Workers and Unemployed Action Group), has described as “cynical” the government’s decision to postpone until after the next Elections, a decision on the final route of the controversial Eirgrid Project.
“This will enable Fine Gael and Labour candidates in the European and local elections to pose as champions of the opposition to the Project while that Fine Gael-Labour Government implements it after the elections.” Munster MEP Phil Prendergast Labour was on local radio “hypocritically championing the anti-pylon cause,” added Deputy Healy. “Meanwhile the government which she supports, through Minister Bruton, was strongly advocating the over-ground lines. Her Labour colleague Pat Rabbitte, the responsible Minister, is proceeding with the process in which Eirgrid is judge and jury in its own cause! The project must now be suspended and a genuinely independent investigation carried out. Unless this is done immediately, European and local election candidates of FG and Labour must be held responsible for the government proposals being promoted by Minister Rabitte (Labour) and defended against my objections in the Dáil by Labour Party Leader Eamonn Gilmore.” Deputy Healy repeated his call for a comprehensive and independent feasibility study to be carried out into the project’s environmental health impacts.