Boylan: ‘Minister must heed community concerns on North-South Interconnector’

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Pictured in the ‘Great Hall’ at Stormont on Monday last following their meeting with Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness are L to R: Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, Senator Kathryn Reilly, Conor Murphy MP MLA and Cathal Boylan MLA.

Pictured in the ‘Great Hall’ at Stormont on Monday last following their meeting with Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness are L to R: Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, Senator Kathryn Reilly, Conor Murphy MP MLA and Cathal Boylan MLA.

Newry and Armagh MP Conor Murphy and Cathal Boylan MLA joined Oireachtas members Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD and Senator Kathryn Reilly to brief Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness on the vexed issue of the Eirgrid/NIE Interconnector. Speaking after the meeting on Monday 5th December Mr Boylan said, “This is a major issue affecting the constituencies of Newry Armagh and Cavan Monaghan at the present time. The upcoming public inquiry into the Interconnector North of the border is scheduled to take place on 6th March 2012.  It will then fall to Environment Minister Alex Atwood to ensure that the planning process does not disregard the concerns of local communities.”

He added, “The communities affected by the Interconnector on both sides of the border have outlined their strong feelings on the proposition to erect a series of pylons across the countryside and Sinn Féin elected representatives North and South are backing them. We are calling on Minister Atwood to veto the pylon proposals and support the community’s view that the Interconnector be constructed below ground and I will be seeking a meeting with him to discuss this.”


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1 Comment for “Boylan: ‘Minister must heed community concerns on North-South Interconnector’”

  1. cynic

    Why waste the money? This is just typical of the NIMBYISM that holds Irealdn back and destroys jobs

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