Ratheniska mother of two Fand Cooney gave Eirgrid an analytical but furious dressing down, questioning their lack of study on the cumulative effect of pylons and turbines, and the danger of fire extinguishing chemicals.
“Eirgrid has handed information to county councils and to An Bord Pleanála but not to the public. This is not fair. Public participation is only effective when options are still open,” she said.
She believes the substation is a ‘gateway’ project.
“Eirgrid won’t tell us their plans, so they either don’t know, in which case they can’t be trusted with our money. Or they have not disclosed information. You don’t represent the interests of the public, but a development of the grid to facilitate private industrial wind developers,” she claimed.
A Europe wide high voltage DC ‘supergrid’ needs overhead lines she says.
“The country should pay attention, it is going to be very hard to get any lines underground. Eirgrid have no overseer putting manners on them. We expect better from our national grid provider.”