Action group delivers 1570 pylon objections

Left to right: Gerard Flynn, Cllr. Mary Greene, Philip Cahill, Declan Norris, Michael Flynn, Marie O'Gorman, Walter Murphy, Mary Flynn, Pat Cheasty, Mary Murphy, Catherine Flynn.
A rural community near Carrick-on-Suir hand delivered more than 1500 submissions opposing any proposal to locate part of the €500m Grid Link power line near the Comeragh Mountains to Eirgrid on Monday.

A rural community near Carrick-on-Suir hand delivered more than 1500 submissions opposing any proposal to locate part of the €500m Grid Link power line near the Comeragh Mountains to Eirgrid on Monday.

The 1570 submissions from residents living in the Rathgormack area were personally handed in to Eirgrid’s Dublin headquarters by Declan Norris and Marie O’Gorman of the Comeragh Rathgormack K9 Pylons Prevention Group.

The group also believes up to 500 more submissions from other residents in their community will be posted to Eirgrid.

It says the huge volume of submissions shows the strength of public opposition to 46m high pylons being erected in their area.

The action group, which jointly organised the Mahon Falls protest walk featured on Prime Time last week, is called after the 1km wide K9 Grid Link route corridor option, which is one of several Eirgrid is considering as a possible route for part of its controversial 400kv Grid Link power line.

The corridor passes near some of the most scenic areas of the Comeraghs including Coumshinguan Lake and onto townslands near Rathgormack village, Carrick-on-Suir and out to Piltown, Co. Kilkenny.

The submissions delivered by the group on Monday come from residents and landowners from a large hinterland around Rathgormack stretching up to Coolnamuck just outside Carrick-on-Suir.

They were submitted by the group ahead of the original Tuesday, November 26 deadline for public submissions. On Monday, Eirgrid announced it was extending the deadline to 5pm on Tuesday, January 7.

Cllr Mary Greene, the action group’s vice-chairperson, expressed concern the extension will delay the route selection decision. John Lowry of Eirgrid said it will not result in any significant delay to the project’s timeline.