Fine Gael’s election candidate for Waterford Co. Council’s Comeragh Electoral Area, which borders Carrick-on-Suir, says Failte Ireland’s serious reservations about the impact the Grid Link project would have on scenic areas should have a major bearing on where the powerline is located.
Dairy and beef farmer Seanie Power from Rathgormack has called for Failte Ireland’s views to be taken on board by Eirgrid when deciding where to route the controversial powerline that will be carried by 45m high pylons.
One of the route corridors Eirgrid is considering passes close to the Comeragh Mountains through townlands near Rathgormack, Carrick-on-Suir and onto Piltown.
Mr Power says he is strongly opposed to Grid Link and welcomed the Government’s appointment of an independent commission to review the project.
He is concerned about the potential impact the powerline’s pylons would have on public health as well as on the Comeragh Mountains landscape and its tourist industry.
Agriculture and rural infrastructure and services are Seanie’s other key priorities.
He says the new council, in partnership with central government, needs to have a strong focus on providing improved infrastructure and services for rural areas – especially those catering for the elderly, such as extra bus services into towns.
Mr Power, who is Carrickbeg/Windgap IFA branch Chairman and an ICMSA member, says he supports new IFA President Eddie Downey’s bid to transform the current farm inspection regime and wants a ‘yellow card’ system introduced for minor discrepancies.
“I would also be in favour of the introduction of farm grants for slurry storage and new farm buildings, which would lead to the creation of jobs and revenue for the State,”
Seanie says he also advocates factories having contracts with farmers fattening animals to combat falling cattle prices.
And he wants to see the return of the Rural Environmental Protection Scheme (REPS) as a vital support to farmers on low incomes in disadvantaged areas.