Former Energy Minister dismisses claims on the impact pylons could have on people’s health

A former Energy Minister has dismissed the claims on the impact pylons could have on people’s health.

It follows approval for the development of 299 pylons across Cavan, Meath and Monaghan, as part of EirGrid’s North-South Interconnector project.

During the An Bord Pleanala oral hearing into the project earlier this year, local landowners, residents and campaign groups have raised concerns over health, house prices and the effect to the environment – with calls for the interconnector to be put underground.

Minister with responsibility for the electricity grid Denis Naughten released a statement after the granting of planning permission yesterday but has so far refused to speak to Northern Sound News on the matter.

His predecessor, former Miniser Pat Rabbitte says the project is necessary.

However IBEC’s head of Infrastructure, Energy and Environment, Neil Walker, says it’s the most cost-effective solution.