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Approval for key power transmission project upheld in Dublin court

Words: Roger Milne

The High Court in Dublin has upheld planning approval for the southern section of the North-South electricity interconnector proposed by transmission company EirGrid.

The €280 million scheme is designed to connect Ireland’s two power grids via 138 kilometres of overhead power lines involving hundreds of new pylons between Moy in County Tyrone and County Meath.

Planning approval for the project was granted by An Bord Pleanála last December. This was subsequently the subject of judicial review proceedings

John Fitzgerald, director of grid development and interconnection at EirGrid, said: “The North-South Interconnector is undoubtedly the most important infrastructure scheme on the island today and will help deliver very real benefits to domestic and commercial customers.

“We look forward to moving on to the next stage of the project, in particular engaging with landowners in Meath, Cavan and Monaghan who are directly affected by it.”

Northern Ireland’s Planning Appeals Commission held a public inquiry into the northern leg of the project in February. It is due to make a recommendation to the Department for Infrastructure later this year.

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