Public meeting in Carrick-on-Suir protest over Grid Link

A view of the crowd at the public meeting about the Eirgrid Grid Link power line project in Carrickbeg Community Hall on Sunday afternoon.
The newly formed Carrickbeg Grid Link protest group will distribute information leaflets about the controversial Eirgrid powerline project and the local opposition campaign to residents over the next few weeks.

The newly formed Carrickbeg Grid Link protest group will distribute information leaflets about the controversial Eirgrid powerline project and the local opposition campaign to residents over the next few weeks.

The leafleting campaign is one of the actions the Carrickbeg Grid Link Group is taking to inform the public in the Carrick-on-Suir area that one of the 1km wide route corridor options being considered by Eirgrid for the power line goes through their communities.

The local preferred route corridor passes through parts of Rathgormack and onto Carrick-on-Suir passing through rural areas north of the town such as Millvale and Ballinagrana and goes on to Piltown.

It’s one of several route corridors options under consideration for the section of the Grid Link power line from Knockraha in Cork to Great Island in Wexford. The most direct route is from Cork to Dungarvan and onto Waterford. Another corridor option goes from Cork to Fermoy and passes near the Mitchelstown Caves and Ballporeen, goes south of Cahir and swings north of Clonmel passing through parts of Clerihan and Ballypatrick before heading to Waterford.

Eirgrid aims to select a preferred route corridor by the middle of next year and will then turn its attention to selecting the actual route for the power line within this corridor.

The picture above shows a section of the crowd at the Grid Link protest meeting in Carrickbeg Community Hall last Sunday.