Cllr Conway Welcomes Eirgrid Decision
Labour T.D. for Waterford, Ciara Conway is warmly welcoming a decision from Eirgrid not to proceed with the controversial Gridlink project which was to see a 400 v overhead power line run from Cork to Kildare, with the possibility of many of the lines running through the Comeraghs in West Waterford.
“We need a safe and reliable power supply now and into the future – but the gridlink project was hugely controversial in West Waterford – so I’m glad to see that Eirgrid have taken on board our concerns and have planned to adopt new technology to carry the supply,” said Ciara Conway T.D.
“Eirgrid has responded to a statement issued by the Government-appointed Independent Expert Panel in relation to its review of EirGrid’s report on the Grid Link
Project. It has confirmed that a new and innovative technical solution referred to as ‘the Regional Option will be used. The will be based on technology which is capable of
strengthening the existing grid infrastructure in the region. This meets the needs of the project without building new large scale overhead infrastructure.”
“I’m very pleased that a sensible solution has been reached. Along with Cllr John Pratt I met with large number of local individuals and groups who were clearly concerned about the impact of pylons. We communicated these concerns to the relevant Ministers – firstly Minister Pat Rabbitte, and then Minister Alex White – both of who listened and were supportive. I myself submitted a lengthy and detailed submission to Eirgrid as part of the consultation process.
“I warmly welcome their decision to use new technology to carry the power supply. This will come a huge relief to people in communities across Waterford and particularly in the Comeraghs and West Waterford.”