EirGrid scraps pylon plan, as second power line is cast into doubt: Irish Independent, 12 October 2015

EirGrid has scrapped plans for a massive high-voltage overhead power line running across six counties and there are major doubts about a second pylon project.

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Cork to Kildare pylon route plan will not go ahead: RTE News, 9 October 2015

Eirgrid has announced that it is to pursue a “regional option” to deliver the Grid Link project, meaning a proposed overhead 400KV line from Cork to Kildare will not go ahead.

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HEALTH WARNING!! Families forced to move out of homes due to industrial monster wind turbines: Irish Mirror, 9 October 2015

Prolonged exposure to this low frequency noise causes insomnia, headaches, nosebleeds, anxiety and a general inability to function normally.

A war is taking place in rural Ireland. Not one with guns, bullets or bombs but with wind turbines and pylons.

Families are being forced to move out of their homes due to the negative health impacts of these giant industrial monsters.

The enormous turbines make so much noise, people who live near them cannot sleep.

Prolonged exposure to this low frequency noise causes insomnia, headaches, nosebleeds, anxiety and a general inability to function normally. Children are especially vulnerable.

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EirGrid climbdown on GridLink project: Irish Farmers Journal, 8 October 2015

A controversial EirGrid €500m project which would have seen 250km of overhead power cables run over Munster and Leinster has been shelved.

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Remember the controversial Cork-Kildare power line plan? It’s being scrapped: Yahoo News, 8 October 2015

STATE-OWNED ELECTRICITY grid operator Eirgrid has confirmed that a proposed overhead power line running from Cork to Kildare will not go ahead.

The company’s €500 million plan to construct a network of pylons carrying high-voltage lines across as many as nine counties had faced consistent criticism from community groups.

An independent panel said earlier today that Eirgrid intends to instead use the current grid infrastructure from Moneypoint in Clare to the greater Dublin area.

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#PowerOut – The 5 at 5: The Journal.IE, 8 October 2015

#POWER OUT: EirGrid has scrapped its Grid Link Project, which would have seen pylons built between Cork to Kildare. A ‘regional option’ will be pursued instead.

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Independent panel thinks Eirgrid will ditch plan for underground power lines: Breaking News.IE, 8 October 2015

An independent expert panel says it believes EirGrid is “highly unlikely” to progress plans for major new overhead or underground power lines in the years ahead.

The Grid Link programme has been the subject of intense public scrutiny in recent years over environmental and health fears.

However, the expert group says it believes EirGrid is now showing a “clear preference” for a so-called “Regional” plan, which would see existing infrastructure developed to boost transmission.

EirGrid is due to respond to the report today.

Plug pulled on pylon plan as Eirgrid finds new option: Irish Examiner, 8 October 2015

High-voltage cables are to be laid underwater across the Shannon Estuary as part of Eirgrid’s new plan to boost electricity supplies without more pylons.

Technology never before seen in Ireland, and in limited use internationally, will see 400kV cables laid between Moneypoint in Clare and Kilpaddoge in Kerry.

Details emerged as Eirgrid announced it was abandoning controversial plans for extensive new networks of pylons from Cork to Kildare.

The company will instead boost capacity at existing stations and substations across the South and South-East, adding conductors that will enable the pylons already in place to transmit more electricity.

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Anti-Grid West campaign welcomes end of southeast pylons plan: Irish Times, 8 October 2015

Campaigners against Eirgrid’s GridWest project have welcomed the company’s decision to abandon its pylons plan between Cork and Kildare.

“We are now looking forward to Eirgrid also cancelling GridWest,” Moy Valley Protection Group chairman Eddie Farrell said on Thursday.

Based in north Mayo, the Moy Valley Protection Group opposes plans for the 400kv grid link, and is also opposed to two large wind farm projects planned for the area by Coillte, the ESB and Bord na Móna.

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EirGrid upgrade to take up to four years: Irish Times, 8 October 2015

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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