Prendergast Backs Failte Ireland’s Concerns on Pylons Affecting Rural Landscape

Ireland South MEP, Phil Prendergast, is supporting Fáilte Ireland’s fear that EirGrid’s plan to build 750 Pylons across ten counties will damage the country’s landscape and harm tourism.


Speaking from Brussels: “Ms Prendergast said it is significant that a state body like Fáilte Ireland are worried with the proposed plans and have stated that international visitors consistently rate Ireland’s scenery as one of the main reasons for their trip.


“If pylons are erected it will have a negative economic impact on the tourism sector as Ireland’s landscape gives our countryside a distinctiveness which we are famous for.

 

“Before the public submission on January 7thFáilte Ireland produced a report where they criticised EirGrid saying they failed to consider the landscape.


“The report also says that the company failed to acknowledge many tourism attractions such as walkways and golf courses.

 

“Numerous of the proposed routes run through special areas of conservation like in Waterford where the beautiful scenery of the Commeragh Mountains could be affected. 

 

“I know that Waterford has worked tirelessly to improve tourism and EirGrid’s plans are a worry for the South East and the whole country.”


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