Eirgrid says quashing of planning permission for Interconnector in NI will not impact their progress

Eirgrid says the decision to quash planning permission for the North South Interconnector in Northern Ireland will have no impact on progress of the project south of the Border. The decision had been subject to an appeal by opposition groups in the North who argued the granting of permission in the absence of an Executive in Stormont was unlawful.

The Department of Infrastructure in Northern Ireland published a statement this morning saying that it has decided it is not in the public’s interest continue defending the court proceedings. A legal challenge was brought by opposition, who argued the granting of planning permission for the construction of the project by a senior civil servant in the absence of a Stormont Executive was unlawful.

The Department has said the decision will be returned for consideration under clarified rules of what can be approved without an executive in place. In response to the news in Northern Ireland, Eirgrid said while it acknowledges the decision, it has no bearing on planning in the Republic of Ireland. And that if a final decision from the Irish Supreme Court, which is due in the coming weeks, allows them to proceed with construction of the project, it will progress as planned.