Tipperary MEP Prendergast criticises EirGrid on consultation process

Labour MEP Phil Prendergast

Labour MEP Phil Prendergast

Ireland South MEP Phil Prendergast says EirGrid has failed to alert rural communities about their plans to erect 750 high rise pylons which would link Kildare to Cork via Wexford.

The deadline for public submissions to EirGrid in relation to the plan was this Wednesday.

Ms Prendergast said: “I’m pleased that Minister Pat Rabbitte has recently acknowledged that communication and consultation needs to be improved as I’ve been contacted regularly in recent months with fears about the proposed scheme from my constituents.

“As a healthcare professional I’m extremely concerned with the health risks that pylons may pose and EirGrid have been ambiguous about the potential dangers.

“Constituents are particularly annoyed that EirGrid does not have to follow the usual local planning permission rules that everybody conforms to when planning to build smaller structures on to their houses or gardens.

“While I welcome a saving in electricity costs it’s crucial that the public’s concerns are heeded before any vast plan of this scale is rolled out.

“There are regular protest meetings about this issue nationwide and earlier this week over 40 anti-pylon groups met in Enniscorthy who represent over 50,00 people.

“Also, in the village of Knockraha in East Cork they will be submitting over 100 objections to the plan before tomorrow’s submission with local activists drumming up continued support for their campaign over Christmas.

“This is an emotive issue and the anti-pylon fervour will continue if communities feel they are being ignored.”


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