Taoiseach says mistakes were made on North-South Interconnector project

The Taoiseach says he believes mistakes were made along the way on the North-South Interconnector project.

Speaking to Northern Sound, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the project was more than about integrating the cross-border electricity networks and was also about powering the counties along the way, including Monaghan, so that more industry and more jobs could be brought to the county.

Two reports were published at the start of the month which said using pylons was the only viable option for building the North-South Interconnector but farmers have said compensation is not enough to sway them in favour of over grounding the project.

The Taoiseach said big projects like the interconnector are always controversial but on this issue people weren’t listened to and weren’t brought into the process in the way they were meant to.