Filed under: Press Releases 2014

Independent Expert Panel confirms North-South interconnector exclusion from review

Communities in the North-East outraged by lack of representation from Government representatives.

In December 2013 opposition parties called for ‘ an independent international assessment of the EirGrid proposals to take place, so that the health and visual concerns held by the public are fully addressed, the cost and placing underground of the transmission cables are fully examined and a report on these matters to be published by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources’.

This was rejected by Fine Gael and Labour, who instead proposed that any new assessments be carried out by EirGrid, despite the complete lack of credibility in EirGrid by the public.

Continue May 11, 2014

Power Rally success sends strong message to Government councillors, MEP’s and TD’s

North-South interconnector can and should be undergrounded

EirGrid has given notice of its intentions to restart the process of re-submitting a planning application to An Bord Pleanála to erect over 400 giant pylons across Meath, Cavan, Monaghan, Armagh and Tyrone. It appears that the planning application for the North-South interconnector will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

NEPPC, in preparation for a protracted and arduous oral hearing process, organised a major horsepower and people power fundraising event centred at the historic location of Bective Abbey on Sunday May 4th. An estimated 600 tractors, young and old, and other roadworthy farm machinery descended on Bective Abbey driven by farmers from all over the North-East. This was followed by a family fun day out for all families supporting the campaign over the last seven years. The huge numbers that attended is testimony to the opposition to EirGid’s misguided and unnecessary plans to taint the countryside with massive pylons.

Continue May 4, 2014

Government party elected representatives have abandoned their constituents on the pylons issue in the North-East

NEPPC wishes to record its deep dissatisfaction with the Government elected representatives in the North-East. It is clear that the case for the North-South interconnector has not been adequately represented and that our Government elected representatives have reneged on their pre-election commitments by towing the EirGrid line rather than addressing the genuine concerns of their constituents.
NEPPC will be making it very clear to its campaign supporters across the North-East the factual situation in relation to the complete lack of support from Government elected representatives for the undergrounding of the North-South interconnector, despite public claims to the contrary.

The facts speak for themselves:

Continue May 1, 2014

NEPPC Rallies the troops in support of the fight for undergrounding

Major Power rally and Fun Day planned

Download as Word Doc: NEPPC prepares for EirGrid resubmission

EirGrid has given notice of its intentions to restart the process of re-submitting a planning application to An Bord Pleanála to erect over 400 giant pylons across Meath, Cavan, Monaghan, Armagh and Tyrone. It appears that the planning application for the North-South interconnector will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

NEPPC, in preparation for a protracted and arduous oral hearing process, is organising a major horsepower and people power fundraising event centred at the historic location of Bective Abbey in Meath, on Sunday May 4th. A huge number of tractors, young and old, and other roadworthy farm machinery is planned to descend on Bective Abbey at noon on May 4th . There will be 5 main starting points for the rally – Kingscourt, Skryne, Culmullen, Trim and Athboy.

Continue April 2, 2014

Minister Rabbitte needs to withdraw incorrect statement

Claims that North-South interconnector cannot be undergrounded damaging and misleading

On 29th January (Irish Times, page 1) Minister Rabbitte, in discussing the proposed North-South interconnector stated the following:

“Apart from the question of money there is a technical issue about meshing the two systems which means that the cables cannot go underground”.

The Minister clearly needs to read his own commissioned Independent Expert Commission (IEC) Report, which states that an underground cable option is both feasible and reliable and can be integrated into a meshed system.

Continue February 1, 2014

Government representatives in North-East need to wake up and smell the anger over pylons mismanagement

Exclusion of North-South interconnector exposes ineffectiveness of Government TD’s & MEP’s

NEPPC wishes to record its deep dissatisfaction with the Government elected representatives in the North-East. It is clear that the case for the North-South interconnector has not been adequately represented and that our elected representatives have been towing the party line rather than addressing the genuine concerns of their constituents.

Continue February 1, 2014

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