A leading farmer and businessman in South Tipperary has called on EirGrid to place their power cables underground or on the sea bed rather than destroy the scenic beauty of South Tipperary and Waterford with 45m pylons.
Green Party member Con Traas has expressed his ‘disgust’ at the EirGrid proposal to locate up to two hundred 45m pylons through the heart of South Tipperary.
“I am horrified to think EirGrid would consider putting up these pylons between the Knockmealdowns and the Galtee Mountains and in front of Slievenamon. Our beautiful landscape would be ruined forever,” said Mr Trass.
The South Tipp apple farmer was one of the guest speakers at a protest meeting in Kilsheelan on Monday night.
On the same night crowds of protestors voiced their opposition to the EirGrid plan at Carrick on Suir Town Hall and over 1,5000 people braved the elements on Saturday to take part in a protest march in the Mahon Falls. Mr Traas called on EirGrid to lay the cables underground or on the sea bed.
“They just refuse to even consider it because the initial costs are higher. In the Netherlands new cables are underground due to visual and health concerns. In France, after recent storms, they decided to put these cables underground,”
“EirGrid executives and shareholders will make a killing while ordinary people who have genuine concerns about the landscape, health, property values and the tourism industry will pay a huge price” he said.