Landowners with pylons, wooden poles or overhead lines on their land are legally entitled to compensation say Eirgrid.
It followed a query on land ownership from Inspector Andrew Boyle of An Bord Pleanála, chair of the oral hearing.
“This is a wayleave situation. The landowner still owns the land under the line or pylon. They are entitled to be compensated,” said John Doyle of Eirgrid.
Ratheniska landowner John Lowry disagreed.
“I have a 400kv line and I don’t get compensation,” he said.
“There is annual rent for masts, but none for wires,” said Mr Doyle.
Inspt Boyle asked him to explain why landowners had not been paid.
“Those lines were constructed in the early ‘80s, there would have been an entitlement at the time, but there was no agreement with the IFA to pay for overhead lines,” Mr Doyle said.
Resident Fand Cooney said not every landowner was a farmer, “What was the process for letting people know compensation was available?”.
“Eirgrid deal with everybody on an individual basis,” was the answer.