South Tipperary Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Tom Hayes TD has sought a meeting with Eirgrid to discuss their proposals for the Grid Link Project in South Tipperary.
The 400kv overhead line will link Leinster and Munster and Eirgrid has identified a number of one kilometre route corridor options and substation zones.
One of those proposed corridors in the €500m project, takes in parts of South Tipperary, from Carrick-on-Suir, just south of Cahir, north of Burncourt across the Mitchelstown Caves and from there via Ballyporeen across the Kilworth mountain just west of Araglen.
“This proposed development is of huge significance for the people of South Tipperary and a period of focused consultation will now run until November 26,” said Minister Hayes.
“I know that people in the affected areas have many concerns about the prospect of 200 thirteen storey high pylons being erected near their homes and I have sought a meeting with Eirgrid to address these concerns. After that meeting I will also meet with representatives locally who have voiced their opposition to the project. It’s important that each side is given the opportunity to put their argument across,” he added.
“I understand that local people have concerns about the impact this project will have on tourism, community interests and protected species and it is vital that Eirgrid address these concerns.” Meanwhile local Fine Gael Cllrs Michael Murphy and Tom Acheson are hosting a public meeting on Wednesday, October 23 at 8pm in Monroe Sports Complex to inform the public about this project.
A detailed map of the areas included in the proposed corridors is available on the Eirgrid site and the public are advised to check it for themselves.