"Eirgrid needs to listen to local communities".
These were the sentiments expressed this week by Cavan Monaghan Fianna Fail TD, Brendan Smith.
He outlined in the Dail the need for Eirgrid to "take into account" the widespread concerns of communities in counties Cavan, Monaghan and Meath in relation to the proposed North South Interconnector project.
He also pointed out that local authorities, reflective of the views of their communities, believe that undergrounding is the only way the project can be delivered.
It comes as Monaghan County Council prepares for a meeting with Eirgrid, although a date for that has yet to be confirmed.
Members were informed by the local authority's executive that they were obliged to facilitate the meeting.
Cllr Noel Keelan, however, reiterated his objection and stated the Minister has "undue power" over proceedings.