A proposed pylon route has been given the go-ahead despite widespread objection from farmers.
The route from Batterstown in Meath to Turleenan in Tyrone will include 299 pylons and was proposed by EirGrid. An Bord Pleanála gave planning permission this week for the southern part of the North-South connector, according to the Irish Times.
The interconnector will face further objection in the coming weeks, as the ‘North East Pylon Pressure’ campaign group say they will seek ‘a judicial review’.
The route will mean that 165 pylons will be erected in Meath and another 134 in Monaghan and Cavan. This will affect the lands of many farmers who are entitled to refuse the pylon construction.
This will cause issues for EirGrid, who may have to alter their current plans. Mr. Padraig O’Reilly from the anti-pylon campaign group spoke on Morning Ireland, according to the Times, and he said that the government could very well adopt an underground-route policy.
There is also the possibility that local authorities could oppose the construction.
We’ll have more on this later today, as it’s expected that An Bord Pleanála will officially publish their decision this afternoon.