Pylon project deadline passes

The deadline for public submissions to Eirgrid’s plan for a new network of hundreds of pylons across the south-east passed yesterday (Tuesday).

The deadline for public submissions to Eirgrid’s plan for a new network of hundreds of pylons across the south-east passed yesterday (Tuesday).

The deadline, which had originally been set for November 26, was extended until January 7 to allow the public more time to make their views heard. Community groups and local landowners have been coming together in recent weeks to put together submissions to the project.

A number of possible powerline route options are on the table, several of which pass through Kilkenny. It was revealed at the weekend that no decision about the final route of the pylons will be made until after this May’s local and European elections.

Politicians have been coming under pressure from their consituents to ask Eirgrid to avoid their communities with the powerlines, or place them underground instead. Later this year, Eirgrid will identify the ‘least constrained corridor option’ and develop an indicative line route within it.