Eirgrid Blows €2.7 Million On Legal Fees While Fighting Communities – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has described the scale of fees incurred by Eirgrid for the procurement of legal services since 2011 as obscene. Deputy McGrath was responding to information provided to him via Parliamentary Questions to the Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources Alex White: “For 2014/2015 alone Eirgird managed to spend €747,389.75 on […]

People Power Defeats Eirgrid

Eirgrid’s proposal to build monster pylons from Cork to Kildare through Co. Tipperary has been defeated by People in every parish from Cork through Tipperary to Kildare organised against these pylons and over 30,000 opposition submissions were submitted. The people of Tipperary will continue to be vigilant to make sure that no such proposal will ever again be considered.  The detailed […]

EirGrid’s decision to abandon Grid Link Project must lead to review of other projects – IFA

IFA’s Environment and Rural Affairs Chairman Harold Kingston has welcomed EirGrid’s decision not to develop the proposed project in the south east called Grid Link. He also called on EirGrid to review plans for similar projects in the north east and the west of Ireland.   Mr Kingston said, “Ireland’s economic recovery is more energy […]

Eirgrid policy reversal a massive victory for Tipperary – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has welcomed the decision by Eirgrid to substantially reverse its proposed policy for the South-East Grid-Link Project. Deputy McGrath made his comments after Eirgrid today accepted that its strategy for the project was not the best option for community’s that would have been directly affected: “I am delighted that Eirgrid have […]

Proposed ESB Bills Hike Must Be Rejected

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) to immediately withdraw its proposal to sanction an extra €1.8bn in spending increases for ESB and Eirgrid between 2016 and 2020. Deputy McGrath made his comments as fears are growing that if the proposal goes ahead it could add up to 5% […]

EU asked to probe pylon risks

The campaign against the proposed EirGrid plan to erect 750 high-voltage pylons across the country has reached EU level this week, after the European Commission was asked to investigate the potential health risks of overhead power lines. Labour and Fine Gael MEPs called on the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks to […]

MEP Prendergast calls on Commission to investigate health risks of high voltage overhead power lines

MEP for Ireland South, Phil Prendergast, last night highlighted the potential health risks of high voltage overhead power lines and called on the European Commission’s Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks to fully investigate the matter.   Ms. Prendergast’s comments came ahead of a planned conference in Kilkenny on the 14th of February next which […]

MEP Prendergast To Take Pylon Fight To Europe

Ireland South MEP, Phil Prendergast, is currently examining the feasibility of submitting a case to the European Parliament’s Petitions Committee regarding EirGrid’s pylon plan and she will raise the issue at the plenary session in Strasbourg next week.   Ms Prendergast said: “Next week in Strasbourg I will do all I can to speak up […]

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 […]

MEP Prendergast To Hold High-level Conference On Eirgrid Pylon Plan

MEP for Ireland South, and member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee of the European Parliament, Phil Prendergast, today announced a high level conference on pylons entitled “Upgrading the National Grid- European Best Practice and Alternative Options”.   The conference will run from 7pm to 10pm and will be held in the Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny on […]

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