Concern over pylon route

Concerned residents and landowners attended meetings in Piltown and Carrickbeg recently, to air concerns and learn more about Eirgrid’s Gridlink project.

Concerned residents and landowners attended meetings in Piltown and Carrickbeg recently, to air concerns and learn more about Eirgrid’s Gridlink project.

A number of route corridor options for a new 400kV overhead power line were recently unveiled as part of Eirgrid’s consultation, but these new meetings are community-organised. At a recent Kilkenny County Council meeting, Cllr Michael O’ Brien (Labour) said he would be fighting to ensure that Kilkenny, as a ‘jewel in the crown’ of Ireland’s cultural, heritage and aesthetic value, is protected.

He said that the project is ‘probably the biggest potential development to affect the landscape of our county’, and everybody who has an interest should express it through the consultation process.

“The country needs energy development to address the scourge of unemployment, but if our quality of life in Kilkenny is threatened, it is well worth fighting for,” said Cllr O’ Brien.

The deadline for submissions to Eirgrid for consideration is November 26.