The “character of the landscape” and the “cultural heritage” of parts of the country close to proposed electrical pylons could be at risk, Fáilte Ireland has said.
Responding to a parliamentary question tabled by Deputy Dara Calleary (FF), the national tourism development authority said it had met with electricity transmission operator Eirgrid to discuss the proposed schemes and outline its “objectives to protect the key tourism assets and amenities within the vicinity of these schemes”.
As part of a €3.2 billion, Grid 25 project, Eirgrid is proposing to build three new 400kV power lines across the south and north east of the country.
The North South Interconnector is to link Co Meath with Co Tyrone while a second line would link Co Kildare to Co Cork via Co Wexford. A third power line would link Co Mayo to Co Roscommon. Eirgrid has said the power lines are necessary to develop and upgrade Ireland’s electricity transmission grid.
Click here to read the full article: The Irish Times, 29 November 2013