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Anti-pylon group warns Shell to Sea debacle 'will look like a walk in the park'

The North East Pylon Pressure Campaign said communities will not stand by while hundreds of pylons are built across Meath, Cavan and Monaghan.

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ANTI-PYLON ACTIVISTS have warned that communities will not stand by while hundreds of pylons are constructed across rural Ireland as part of Eirgrid’s North-South Interconnector project.

The controversial project was given the green light by AnBord Pleanála yesterday and will see 299 pylons go up in Meath, Cavan and Monaghan. During the public consultation process, more than 1,000 submissions were made to the planning authority and communities that will be impacted by the project have strongly objected to it.

In a statement, the North East Pylon Pressure Campaign (NEPPC) said landowners and communities are “disgusted with how they have been treated for the last ten years”.

If AnBord Pleanála think that there will be no repercussions in terms of integrity of the planning process from this decision then they are gravely mistaken.

The group said the public will not accept “the totally unnecessary proposal from EirGrid”.

“If political action is not taken this project will make the Shell to Sea debacle look like a walk in the park. The will of the people will prevail.”

The NEPPC also pointed out that the application still has to go through the approval process in Northern Ireland and said challenges are likely both north and south of the border.

Read: Controversial plan for hundreds of pylons in rural Ireland has been given the go-ahead>

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