Kildare Locals dismiss Eirgrid arguments

Eirgrid has been told it faces major opposition to its pylon plans.
Locals who will be affected by Eirgrid’s plans to create a link between Kildare and Cork have dismissed the company’s arguments as ‘spindoctoring’.

Locals who will be affected by Eirgrid’s plans to create a link between Kildare and Cork have dismissed the company’s arguments as ‘spindoctoring’.

Grid Link Action Group attended a meeting of Kildare County Council last Monday, October 21 where Eirgrid made a presentation.

At that meeting, representatives of the company argued that overhead pylons are the most feasible and efficient option, and do not pose a health risk.

But locals have queried this and accuse the company of using “tired old 20th century technology, when in fact the opportunity exists to explore and utilise advanced 21st century solutions to our energy needs which will help to rid the landscape of the blight of electricity pylons.”

Eirgrid have been persistent in stating that putting the cable underground is not feasible, however the Grid Link Action Group say that politicians should be demanding a better explanation and evidence to support this. “It’s not good enough that we just take Eirgrid at their word, they must be pushed to present their evidence from which they based these decision”, said spokeswoman Angela Fennin.

The Action Group quote studies from the EU’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identifed Health Risks (SCENIHR) which point to potential links between Electro Magnetic Fields (EMF) exposure and cancer, childhood leukaemia and possibly even Alzheimer’s.

However Eirgrid stated at the meeting that there is greater exposure to EMF from mobile phones, household appliances and unground cables than overhead lines.

The Group are planing community workshops for those along the proposed routes to help them prepare a submission to Eirgrid during community consultation before November 26.