Deering welcomes extension of consultation period by Eirgrid over Grid Link proposals

26th November, 2013

 

Fine Gael TD for Carlow/Kilkenny, Pat Deering, has today (Tuesday) welcomed the announcement by Eirgrid that it is extending the consultation period for the Grid Link project until January 7th 2014. Deputy Deering raised the matter with the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte TD, last week, describing Eirgrid’s lack of engagement with key stakeholders in Carlow as incredibly frustrating for the local community. The €500 million Grid Link Project is the proposed new overhead power line linking the electricity transmission networks in Leinster and Munster.

“I welcome the announcement by Eirgrid that the consultation period for the Grid Link project is being extended until January 7th 2014. This project was first announced 18 months ago, yet the routes for this project were only announced by Eirgrid six weeks ago. So far, there has been little to no engagement with the local community to give them an understanding as to how this will impact the county’s landscape.

“Eirgrid is presenting only one option for this project and that is to locate the Grid Links overground. While the people of Carlow fully understand and accept that our electricity transmission infrastructure must be upgraded, they deserve the courtesy and respect of being fully informed by Eirgrid as to how best this can be done and whether a cost benefit analysis can be carried out to see whether going underground could be an option, giving due consideration to all health, social and economic factors.

“Having local communities involved and kept informed at every stage of this process is very important. I am encouraging everyone in Carlow with an interest in this project to participate in the consultation process.”