Sinn Féin’s Darren O’Rourke, TD for Meath East, has said it’s clear Eirgrid are paying no heed to the government’s ongoing review on the North-South Interconnector after comments from their CEO, Mark Foley, at a meeting of the Oireachtas Climate Committee highlighted they are in ‘execution mode’ on the project and are simply waiting for the judicial review in the north to conclude.

“I took the opportunity this week to again raise the North-South Interconnector with Eirgrid when they appeared at the Oireachtas Climate Committee.

“Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael promised communities across the northeast a review of this controversial project, and while that review is now ongoing, it’s clear Eirgrid is paying absolutely no heed to it.

 

 

“Their CEO told me they are in “execution mode” on the interconnector and that “it will ramp up very considerably” as soon as they get a positive outcome from the judicial review in the north of Ireland.

“It was confirmed the design of the pylons has been procured and they are engaging with local authorities on their plans.

“Mr. Foley made no mention of the ongoing government review, exposing it as a meaningless sideshow, something Sinn Féin warned about when it was first announced.

“I asked Eirgrid how they intend on accessing land and constructing pylons without the agreement of landowners, but this key question still remains unanswered.

“Sinn Féin recognise the need for an interconnector, especially given the ongoing electricity concerns, but we also recognise the reality on the ground, where communities want it to put underground.

“The failure to listen and properly engage with local people has wasted fifteen years and tens of millions of euro, but nothing seems to have changed in Government Buildings or in Eirgrid HQ.”