Meath East TD Thomas Byrne says his party is not calling for any planned works to be put on hold while the controversial project is re-assessed.

However while in opposition, Fianna Fáil had said no works should be allowed while an independent review is carried out to assess the feasibility of building it underground.

The controversial project was given the go-ahead in the North in September having already received planning permission on this side of the border in 2016.

Eirgrid also said in September that construction should begin in the next two years.

Speaking on the Michael Reade Show on LMFM this morning, Byrne said, it’s still their position that the project does not go ahead in it’s current form.

However, he said no individual review will be carried out under the coalition Government: