Gilmore: ‘Monster’ pylons must comply with standards

Eamon Gilmore: Coalition will not intervene on sites

The Government said a new network of pylons must comply with health and safety standards amid concerns over “monster” structures which are set to be erected in the middle of communities.

Appeals were made to the Coalition yesterday to allow underground electricity lines be built as part of an upgrade of hundreds of kilometres of lines across the south and east.

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore defended the project, which is being led by Eirgrid, but said the Coalition could not intervene with the decision about where the pylon sites would be.

A closing date of Nov 26 is set for submissions on the plan to erect high voltage lines across Cork, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny, and Kildare.

Independent TD Seamus Healy yesterday told the Dáil there was huge concern, frustration, and anger at the Grid25 proposal.

Protests such as one at the weekend in the Comeragh mountains between Waterford and Kilkenny have seen thousands rally against the pylon plans, including legendary cyclist Seán Kelly.

The proposed pylons would be 45m high and amount to 750 “monster” structures along a 250km route, warned the Tipperary South TD. “This infrastructure will blight the landscape for locals and visitors alike and will destroy our tourism industry.”

He asked why consideration could not be given to putting the lines underground, as in Denmark.

Labour leader Mr Gilmore said the Grid25 project would take several years to complete and represent an investment of €3.2bn.

Its absence was costing economies and consumers €30m a year, he said.

A key issue was EirGrid should adhere to the highest international standards of safety, health, environmental, and visual impact, he said. The Government had no role in this, he added.


Lifestyle

Aileen Lee meets Christina Kenny - co-founder and design director of Lamb Design - to talk about her work and inspirations.Christina Kenny of Lamb Design: ‘I love bringing the outside in and inside out’

Tyrone designer Sharon Wauchob on her career and the worth of luxury fastion. By Paul McLachen.From Marc Jacobs to her own label, Tyrone designer Sharon Wauchob on her life in fashion

The recent sentencing of two teenage boys for the murder of Ana Kriégel has once again brought the issue of pornography into public discourse. The details of the case, which are finally coming into public knowledge, illuminate some very worrying trends that are pervasive in the modern adolescent world and as parents and indeed as a society we can no longer languish in complacency.Learning Points: Hardcore porn can pollute our children’s minds

If children are confident in interacting with others it takes away so much stress and social anxiety for them. Not too long ago, my daughter Joan and I were out with friends at a restaurant and we wanted extra water and a few other bits and Joan volunteered to go up and ask the waiter for them. My friend was really surprised at this and said that none of her children would willingly do that.Mum’s the word: We should look for chances to strengthen our kids’ social skills

More From The Irish Examiner