Councillors in Monaghan will "reluctantly meet" with Eirgrid to discuss the future of Ireland's electricity system.
The energy provider is seeking a meeting as part of its ambition to redevelop the national grid.
Although the aim of the discussion is to hold consultation on how 70 per cent of Ireland's energy will come from renewable sources by 2030, Chief Executive Eamon O'Sullivan told councillors he briefed Eirgrid to say they can't expect to come to Monaghan and not discuss the North South Interconnector.
There has been continued opposition in the chambers of Monaghan and Cavan County Council over Eirgrid's plan to construct pylons as part of the project.
Fianna Fail's Seamus Coyle said it's important to get the opportunity to consult with them, but he would have his reservations.
Cathaoirleach Colm Carthy said the council would be "between a rock and a hard place" and not meeting might be considered refusing consultation.
A virtual meeting between Eirgrid and Monaghan County Council will take place on April 21st.
At the same council meeting, motions were passed seeking meetings with Ministers Eamon Ryan and Nicola Mallon to allow councillors an opportunity to express their opposition to the overgrounding of the powerlines.