Eirgrid must listen

The public demonstrations of protest taking place throughout South Tipperary and West Waterford concerning the proposed EirGrid corridor route options send out a very strong message to EirGrid and their political masters.

The public demonstrations of protest taking place throughout South Tipperary and West Waterford concerning the proposed EirGrid corridor route options send out a very strong message to EirGrid and their political masters.

The hundreds of people attending public meetings and participating in protest marches show how strongly communities object to EirGrid forcing monstrous 45m pylons on this beautiful landscape we are fortunate enough to inhabit.

Failure to rise up in opposition to this project could result in the destruction of scenic beauty that would last forever.

The views of the Knockmealdowns, the Galtee mountains and the Comeragh range would be damaged beyond repair with EirGrid executives and shareholders living off the profits and the people of South Tipperary and Waterford and tourists who visit this region paying a very heavy price.

This week farmer and businessman Con Traas said EirGrid refused to consider laying the cables underground or on the sea bed, options that are used in Europe, because the initial costs were higher.

He was one of the speakers at a protest meeting in Kilsheelan that heard people raise concerns over visual impact, health, tourism and property values.

We support that call and appeal to the public to make their views known by submitting a written objection to the EirGrid plan before the November 26 deadline expires.