NEPPC welcomes Sinn Féin’s proactive approach to pushing for undergrounding in the North

October 30, 2015

 A cross-border delegation of Sinn Féin met with Northern Assembly Minister Mark Durkan in Stormont recently to impress upon him the logic and the need to properly examine the undergrounding option for the North-South Interconnector Project (NSIP). Representatives from Meath, Cavan, Monaghan, Armagh and Tyrone made an impassioned plea for a full and detailed assessment of the underground option on an all-island basis. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caolain noted that the Minister had given the delegation his full attention, resulting in a very informative and productive meeting.

Additionally, the subject was raised in the Seanad by Senator Kathryn Reilly, in which she challenged Minister White on certain aspects of the NSIP and his reluctance to address the concerns of the public directly.

NEPPC wishes to express its appreciation for these initiatives and the continuing efforts being made by the party in pushing for an underground solution. “Sinn Féin has had a very consistent policy in favour of undergrounding from the outset of this project 8 years ago and the party continues to remain well briefed on the issues and to proactively influence the main decision makers on this project, stated Padraig O’Reilly of NEPPC. ‘To date they are the only party to have a clear undergrounding policy, highlighting their understanding of how deep rooted the opposition to overhead lines and pylons remains at local community level”

 

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Further information:

Padraig O’Reilly, NEPPC

087 – 680 36 66

Sinn Féin push for undergrounding in NI (1)

Filed under: Press Releases 2015


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