McNulty disappointed at Interconnector ruling

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Friday, August 25th, 2017

SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has expressed his disappointment at the ruling by the High Court in Dublin rejecting a challenge taken against An Bord Pleanála’s approval for the North South Interconnector.

Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty said, “The proposal for the North South Interconnector through some of the most beautiful and historic parts of this island is unacceptable. 


“The communities who live along the proposed line are rightly angry and opposed to the development. However, they are not against interconnection, they simply want the Interconnector to be undergrounded.

“The ruling by the High Court in Dublin is extremely disappointing. Residents living along the route sought to overturn the original approval by An Bord Pleanála. They have now said they will appeal today’s decision.


“In this jurisdiction, the Public Enquiry has been held and it has yet to report. However, the feeling is equally as strong across rural Armagh in its opposition. This is a beautiful area of our countryside and every Impacted landowner along the route has voiced and confirmed their opposition to the project. 

“They don’t want to see their land divided by this power line, nor do they want to see the countryside scarred by hundreds of ugly pylons.


He added, “This fight will go on, both north and south. Local communities will continue to oppose the project and I will continue to support their campaign.”


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