Labour Senator Denis Landy has called on Eirgrid to re-examine their proposals to provide high voltage lines across the country in the light of the serious environmental, health and aesthetic effects over head lines will visit on the people of Ireland.
Speaking in Seanad Eireann, Senator Landy said he believes all high voltage power lines should be put underground and that precedent has already been set for this approach in the country. All communities should be given the same respect and protection by under grounding the cables.
He was expressing this view having met representatives of communities in rural Ireland who are about to be exposed to these massive pylons and overhead cables.
“It is time to step back and re-examine the broader issue of why this process started in the first place, the cost comparison of underground versus overhead, the health implications, the tourism affects, devaluation of land, the actual electricity requirements of Ireland post the Celtic Tiger.
Ireland needs to be positioned to benefit from the economic upturn worldwide but not at any cost. We need to preserve and protect our major selling points as a nation, clean environment, excellent agricultural produce, a world renowned tourist attraction and unrivalled scenery. We can continue to grow our economy but not at the expense of what we already have. “ commented Senator Landy.