Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Tom Hayes TD, has requested a meeting with Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte, to further push for South Tipperary, to be excluded from any plans by Eirgrid to construct a network of large pylons across the Country.
The closing date for submissions for the plan has passed this week and thousands of submissions have been received from concerned land and home owners in Tipperary.
Having met with local groups, as well as representatives from Eirgrid, Minister Hayes has now requested a meeting with Minister Pat Rabbitte to discuss the matter.
Speaking on the issue Minister Hayes said: “Although I recognise and understand the need for infrastructure in order to attract investment and therefore jobs, it is vital that the Government listens to the people who are strongly opposed to this project.”
“I will also impart to the Minister why the route through South TYipperary is the least attractive option, given the fact it’s much longer than the other proposed options and therefore much more expensive. I will also stress to the Minister the unique position that Tipperary is in, in that it is a main breeding ground for the under threat Irish honey bee, which could effectively be wiped out, if this project were to go ahead in South Tipperary.”
He said that even though the date for submissions has passed, we must not give up our fight to keep these pylons out of Tipperary.S