A €156.8 million upgrade of the electricity network, from Clare to Dublin and across the southern region, will take three to four years to complete, EirGrid has said.
The State company, which operates the national grid, has scrapped plans to build 40m-high pylons carrying 400kV lines 220km across the country.
The decision follows years of opposition from communities across the south to the construction of pylons carrying high-voltage power lines. Anti-pylon groups had campaigned to have the lines installed underground.
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