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Prendergast: ‘Pylons are the rape of rural Ireland’

The MEP is calling on the EU Commission to fully investigate the health risks on humans and animals of high voltage overhead power lines such as those proposed by Eirgrid.

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IRELAND SOUTH MEP Phil Prendergast has said that that the building of pylons is like the “rape” of rural Ireland.

Speaking to European Parliament Radio, Prendergast told Karen Coleman that the “massive pylons” being put up around rural Ireland is like the “rape of the countryside”.

Unsightly

She added that she thought electricity pylons are “unsightly” and said she believed there are health risks associated with them. She added that the Minister for Health also had concerns, stating: “We do have a letter from Minister James Reilly citing concerns he had about electro-magnetic fields and the risk associated with childhood leukaemia. ”

Prendergast said “rural Ireland would be destroyed with the erection of these pylons” adding that it will impact on areas in Ireland where views and structures are protected and also on tourism.

She is calling on the EU Commission to fully investigate the health risks on humans and animals of high voltage overhead power lines such as those proposed by Eirgrid.

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