Eirgrid considers underground option

Sam Matthews

Reporter:

Sam Matthews

Local communities concerned about pylons and power lines had some welcome news today with confirmation from Eirgrid that a process is under way to identify an underground route for the Gridlink project.

Local communities concerned about pylons and power lines had some welcome news today with confirmation from Eirgrid that a process is under way to identify an underground route for the Gridlink project.

The controversial project originally envisioned the construction of hundreds of kilometres of overhead power lines suspended by pylons throughout the south-east. Several of the identified possible corridor options ran through Kilkenny, and a number of meetings and protests were held by local groups throughout last year.

On Thursday, Labour Senator Denis Landy said he had received confirmation from Eirgrid that a process to identify an underground route from Cork to Kildare is in progress. The information followed an announcement that the company had identified a route for undergrounding the Grid West project.

“I welcome this news from Eirgrid and acknowledge that at last Eirgrid have started to listen in some way to the 35,000 people who made submissions to them during the public consultation process over the last number of months,” said Senator Landy.

“The vast majority of these submissions pointed out the environmental damage that pylons and overhead lines would have on the environment and rural living for people across the southeast. I am pleased that a further opportunity for public consultation on the underground option will be provided when the underground route is published by Eirgrid which I understand will be in the coming months.”