THE Ratheniska Timahoe Spink substation action group want answers from Laois’ county manager and were out in force at County Hall this morning to protest and make their voices heard.
In what is now a three year campaign against the proposed Eirgrid substation for the area, the group have been asking for a meeting with Laois County Council county manager Peter Carey, but to no avail. The group said that they have tried to contact him both through councilors and through his office, but all they have received is a letter refusing to meet.
A group of approximately 50 people gathered for this morning’s protest and were supported by local councillors, Catherine Fitzgerald, James Daly and Padraig Fleming. “The county manager said it is out of the hands of the county council now, and the people want to ask him to clarify what he said in his letter back to them. People are very upset and that is why we have put in a notice of motion to ask the county manager to meet the group”, said Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald.
RTS Substation Action Group chairman, John Lowry told the Leinster Express that people don’t know why the county manager won’t meet them. “We’re paying car tax, land owners pay water rates, residents in the area are paying their household charge and we are entitled to a meeting with the county manager”, he said.