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Seamus Healy T.D. welcomes today’s announcement by Eirgrid that it will not now be proceeding with overhead lines on the Grid Link Project from Cork to Kildare, which was proposed to go through Tipperary.

We do, however, need to stay vigilant until there is further clarification of the alternatives being proposed, he stated.

8 October 2015
 

Re: Update on the Grid Link Project- overhead line will not proceed

 
Dear Deputy
 
In September, we submitted a Report on the Grid Link project to the Government-appointed Independent Expert Panel.
 
Today, the Independent Expert Panel issued its review of our Report.
 
Our report sets out equal analysis of three options which meet the need of the Grid Link Project- an overhead, underground and ‘Regional Option’. The ‘Regional Option’ uses technology which is capable of strengthening the existing grid in the region without building additional overhead infrastructure.
 
We first detailed the ‘Regional Option’ in March 2015, in our ‘Your Grid Your Views’ draft grid development strategy. It uses a technology known as ‘series compensation’, the first time this will be deployed on the Irish transmission grid.  It is an advanced, smart grid technology that will enable more power to flow through existing lines, and so does not require new 400 kV overhead lines.  To complete this solution, an underwater cable across the Shannon estuary is required in addition to some upgrade works to existing transmission lines.
 
Our Report on the Grid Link Project recommended pursuing this option, as it is stronger across the technical, environmental and economic criteria outlined on our report. The Panel are satisfied that no further analysis of the overhead and underground solutions is required.
 
We will now be moving ahead to develop the Regional Option.
 
A summary of our report on the Grid Link Project to the Independent Expert Panel can be found here. The report itself is available at this link.
 
For further information please contact us on 01 2370479 or by emailing us at oireachtas@eirgrid.com.
 
Kind regards
 
Fintan
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Fintan Slye
Chief  Executive, EirGrid

 

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Deputy Seamus Healy has slammed the Government announced “review” of the Gridlink 25 as a stroke to get over the forthcoming Local and European Elections due on 23rd May next.

For months now Deputy Healy has been calling for fully independent international review of all aspects of the Gridlink proposal.
He has stressed time and time again that such a review must be independent of Eirgrid, which have its own agenda and whose consultation process was fatally flawed from the beginning.

This review is not independent of Eirgrid. In fact Eirgrid will prepare and supply engineering, technical and financial reports to the review panel.

The panels terms of reference are far too narrow and it will make only recommendations to Minister Rabbitte who has as late as last weekend, confirmed his view that these high voltage cables cannot be put underground.

Neither will the review panel deal with the health effects of these high voltage cables.

This review is handed to the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government. Hardly an independent body under Minister Phil Hogan.

His bully boy tactics in bulldozing house tax and water charges legislation through the Dáil in a matter of hours does not give the public confidence in his ability to deal with this issue in a fair and impartial manner.

There is widespread concern and scepticism among the public that this so called expert review is an attempt to “pull wool over our eyes” until after the Local and European elections.

Seamus Healy T.D.
087 2802199


Seamus Healy TD raises the issue of monster pylons, the anger in rural Ireland and the 35,000 public submissions to EIRGRID in opposition to Government plans.

Deputy Healy asks the Taoiseach to suspend the pylon project until at least an international, independent assessment is carried out.


In my statement earlier to-day I said: Now the Government has cynically postponed a decision on the Eirgrid Project until after the local and European Elections. This will enable Fine Gael and Labour candidates in the European and local elections to pose as champions of the opposition to the Project while that Fine Gael-Labour Government implements it after the elections.

My analysis was confirmed within an hour! Munster MEP Phil Prendergast Labour was on TIPPFM hypocritically championing the anti-pylon cause!!! Meanwhile the government which she supports, through Minister Bruton, was strongly advocating the over-ground lines. Her Labour colleague Pat Rabbitte, the responsible Minister, is proceeding with the process in which Eirgrid is judge and jury in its own cause!

The project must now be suspended and a genuinely independent investigation carried out.

Unless this is done immediately, European and local election candidates of Fine Gael and Labour must be held responsible for the government proposals being promoted by Minister Rabitte (Labour) and defended against my objections in the Dáil by Labour Party Leader Eamonn Gilmore.

I now repeat my call to Eamonn Gilmore in the Dáil : “I call on Government to suspend this project pending the outcome of a comprehensive feasibility study including cost assessment to Irish citizens (not just to Eirgrid) over 30 years, risk assessment including health issues, and environmental impact assessment, carried out independently of Eirgrid and of the Department of Communications, Energy,and Natural Resources, into the laying of these lines underground and under sea and of the carrying of these lines on pylons over-ground.”

Seamus Healy TD

Minister Dr Reilly Warns of Health Dangers in Eirgrid Project –Cynical Government Postponement Of Decision on Project until after Local Elections

When the East –West Inter-Connector was being built, Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly in a letter to Minister for Energy Pat Rabitte said: “ As a doctor and Minister for Health I am worried about the health risks from such magnetic fields. He cited DCU-based public health expert, Professor Anthony Staines who had said “it is well established that the low frequency magnetic fields increase the risk of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia”. The connector through Dr Reillys constituency was always to be placed underground!! Not alone was Dr Reilly concerned about the health risks from over-ground cables he was concerned about the health risks from underground cables as well!! Many sources have highlighted the health risks from the over-ground Project(SEE Below). Some of the most scenic areas in County Tipperary are affected, including the Galtee-Knockmealdown Valley, the heritage town of Cahir, the Golden Vale into Clonmel, the Valley of Slievenamon, the Suir Valley into Faugheen and Carrick-on-Suir and on into Waterford .The Comeragh Mountain Range, with its communities, its special areas of conservation and habitats will be affected.

Thus the Carrick-on-Suir area will be affected on two sides!

The citizens in Dr Reillys constituency are rightly protected by undergrounding and shielding but the citizens of County Tipperary and other counties can live with the health risks due to over-ground cables????. This is completely unacceptable.

Now the Government has cynically postponed a decision on the Eirgrid Project until after the local Elections. This will enable Fine Gael and Labour candidates in the European and local elections to pose as champions of the opposition to the Project while tha Fine Gael-Labour Government implements it after the elections.

As I said to the Tánaiste at Leaders Questions in the Dáil : “I call on Government to suspend this project pending the outcome of a comprehensive feasibility study including cost assessment to Irish citizens (not just to Eirgrid) over 30 years, risk assessment including health issues, and environmental impact assessment, carried out independently of Eirgrid and of the Department of Communications, Energy,and Natural Resources, into the laying of these lines underground and under sea and of the carrying of these lines on pylons over-ground.”

This must be done before the local elections. Otherwise Labour and fine Gael candidates must accept responsibility for the cynical plan of the government.

All citizens should send in submissions opposing this project without delay. The closing date is Thursday Jan 7 at 5 pm

Seamus Healy TD

Notes

Health Issues
There is serious evidence that the proposed power lines can damage the health of human beings in their vicinity.

We cite the following sources:

Minister of Health, Dr James Reilly
At the time, the east-west interconnector was being built through James Reilly’s Rush-based constituency in North County Dublin and was fiercely opposed by Rush Community Council who raised concerns about an association between electromagnetic fields generated by high-voltage power cables and childhood leukaemia.

Similar concerns are being voiced by communities from Cork to Wexford and Kildare as a public consultation process continues into Eirgrid’s planned €500m corridor of pylons, Gridlink. Locals want the 400kV powerlines put underground but Eirgrid say it would add €2bn to the cost.

Dr James Reilly said that “as a doctor and Minister for Health” he was worried about the health risks from such magnetic fields. He cited DCU-based public health expert, Professor Anthony Staines who had said “it is well established that the low frequency magnetic fields increase the risk of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia”.

In the letter to Environment Minister Phil Hogan and Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte he said: “I recognise that this national infrastructure project is important but I can’t ignore the health concerns.” Irish Examiner Dec 30,2013
(North East Pylon Pressure Campaign, 2009:The chairman of the North-East Pylon Pressure campaign (NEPP), Francis Lally, asked: ‘Why has a company that has consistently opposed underground cables for the proposed North-South interconnector now filed a planning application for an underground interconnector running from north County Dublin to County Meath? There is deep anger in County Meath that EirGrid can put the east-west 400Kv interconnector underground as far as Woodland, in the county, yet when the 400Kv interconnector to the North comes out of Woodland, they want to put it overground on giant pylons.’ – See more at: http://www.meathchronicle.ie/news/roundup/articles/2008/11/19/33356-eirgrid-goes-underground-for-intercvonnector-to-woodland/#sthash.rKmj4lqT.dpuf)

Childhood leukaemia close to high-voltage
power lines – the Geocap study, 2002–2007
C Sermage-Faure1,2, C Demoury1,2, J Rudant1,2,3, S Goujon-Bellec1,2,3, A Guyot-Goubin1,2,3, F Deschamps4,
D Hemon1,2 and J Clavel*,1,2,3
1Inserm, Center for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health (CESP), U1018, Environmental Epidemiology of Cancer
Team, Villejuif F-94807, France; 2Univ Paris-Sud, UMRS 1018, Villejuif F-94807, France; 3French National Registry of Childhood
Hematological Malignancies (NRCH), Villejuif, France and 4Re´ seau de Transport d’Electricite´ (RTE), Coeur De´ fense, 110 esplanade
du Ge´ ne´ ral de Gaulle, La Defense 92030, France

International Agency for Research on Cancer The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC; French: CIRC) is an intergovernmental agency forming part of the World Health Organisation of the United Nations.: “ELF magnetic fields are possibly carcinogenic to humans, based on consistent statistical associations of high level residential magnetic fields with a doubling of risk of childhood leukaemia.”

What an Irish expert group said in 2007(Inter-departmental Committee on the Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields, in September 2005): “There is limited scientific evidence of an association between ELF magnetic fields and childhood leukaemia. This does not mean that ELF magnetic fields cause cancer, but the possibility cannot be excluded… Overall the evidence is considered weak… Nevertheless the evidence should not be discounted.”

What Europe says: The Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks The Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (abbreviated SCENIHR) is one of the independent scientific committees managed by theDirectorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection of the European Commission, which provide scientific advice to the Commission on issues related to consumer products says “extremely low frequency magnetic fields are a possible carcinogen” and “might contribute to an increase in childhood leukaemia.


Press Statement by Seamus Healy TD 087-2802199

When the East –West Inter-Connector was being built, Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly in a letter to Minister for Energy Pat Rabitte said: “ As a doctor and Minister for Health I am worried about the health risks from such magnetic fields. He cited DCU-based public health expert, Professor Anthony Staines who had said “it is well established that the low frequency magnetic fields increase the risk of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia”. The connector through Dr Reillys constituency was always to be placed underground!! Not alone was Dr Reilly concerned about the health risks from over-ground cables he was concerned about the health risks from underground cables as well!! Many sources have highlighted the health risks from the over-ground Project(SEE Below). Some of the most scenic areas in County Tipperary are affected, including the Galtee-Knockmealdown Valley, the heritage town of Cahir, the Golden Vale into Clonmel, the Valley of Slievenamon, the Suir Valley into Faugheen and Carrick-on-Suir and on into Waterford .The Comeragh Mountain Range, with its communities, its special areas of conservation and habitats will be affected.

Thus the Carrick-on-Suir area will be affected on two sides!

The citizens in Dr Reillys constituency are rightly protected by undergrounding and shielding but the citizens of County Tipperary and other counties can live with the health risks due to over-ground cables????. This is completely unacceptable.

Now the Government has cynically postponed a decision on the Eirgrid Project until after the local Elections. This will enable Fine Gael and Labour candidates in the European and local elections to pose as champions of the opposition to the Project while tha Fine Gael-Labour Government implements it after the elections.

As I said to the Tánaiste at Leaders Questions in the Dáil : “I call on Government to suspend this project pending the outcome of a comprehensive feasibility study including cost assessment to Irish citizens (not just to Eirgrid) over 30 years, risk assessment including health issues, and environmental impact assessment, carried out independently of Eirgrid and of the Department of Communications, Energy,and Natural Resources, into the laying of these lines underground and under sea and of the carrying of these lines on pylons over-ground.”

This must be done before the local elections. Otherwise Labour and fine Gael candidates must accept responsibility for the cynical plan of the government.

All citizens should send in submissions opposing this project without delay. The closing date is Thursday Jan 7 at 5 pm

Seamus Healy TD

Notes

Health Issues
There is serious evidence that the proposed power lines can damage the health of human beings in their vicinity.

We cite the following sources:

Minister of Health, Dr James Reilly
At the time, the east-west interconnector was being built through James Reilly’s Rush-based constituency in North County Dublin and was fiercely opposed by Rush Community Council who raised concerns about an association between electromagnetic fields generated by high-voltage power cables and childhood leukaemia.

Similar concerns are being voiced by communities from Cork to Wexford and Kildare as a public consultation process continues into Eirgrid’s planned €500m corridor of pylons, Gridlink. Locals want the 400kV powerlines put underground but Eirgrid say it would add €2bn to the cost.

Dr James Reilly said that “as a doctor and Minister for Health” he was worried about the health risks from such magnetic fields. He cited DCU-based public health expert, Professor Anthony Staines who had said “it is well established that the low frequency magnetic fields increase the risk of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia”.

In the letter to Environment Minister Phil Hogan and Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte he said: “I recognise that this national infrastructure project is important but I can’t ignore the health concerns.” Irish Examiner Dec 30,2013
(North East Pylon Pressure Campaign, 2009:The chairman of the North-East Pylon Pressure campaign (NEPP), Francis Lally, asked: ‘Why has a company that has consistently opposed underground cables for the proposed North-South interconnector now filed a planning application for an underground interconnector running from north County Dublin to County Meath? There is deep anger in County Meath that EirGrid can put the east-west 400Kv interconnector underground as far as Woodland, in the county, yet when the 400Kv interconnector to the North comes out of Woodland, they want to put it overground on giant pylons.’ – See more at: http://www.meathchronicle.ie/news/roundup/articles/2008/11/19/33356-eirgrid-goes-underground-for-intercvonnector-to-woodland/#sthash.rKmj4lqT.dpuf)

Childhood leukaemia close to high-voltage
power lines – the Geocap study, 2002–2007
C Sermage-Faure1,2, C Demoury1,2, J Rudant1,2,3, S Goujon-Bellec1,2,3, A Guyot-Goubin1,2,3, F Deschamps4,
D Hemon1,2 and J Clavel*,1,2,3
1Inserm, Center for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health (CESP), U1018, Environmental Epidemiology of Cancer
Team, Villejuif F-94807, France; 2Univ Paris-Sud, UMRS 1018, Villejuif F-94807, France; 3French National Registry of Childhood
Hematological Malignancies (NRCH), Villejuif, France and 4Re´ seau de Transport d’Electricite´ (RTE), Coeur De´ fense, 110 esplanade
du Ge´ ne´ ral de Gaulle, La Defense 92030, France

International Agency for Research on Cancer The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC; French: CIRC) is an intergovernmental agency forming part of the World Health Organisation of the United Nations.: “ELF magnetic fields are possibly carcinogenic to humans, based on consistent statistical associations of high level residential magnetic fields with a doubling of risk of childhood leukaemia.”

What an Irish expert group said in 2007(Inter-departmental Committee on the Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields, in September 2005): “There is limited scientific evidence of an association between ELF magnetic fields and childhood leukaemia. This does not mean that ELF magnetic fields cause cancer, but the possibility cannot be excluded… Overall the evidence is considered weak… Nevertheless the evidence should not be discounted.”

What Europe says: The Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks The Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (abbreviated SCENIHR) is one of the independent scientific committees managed by theDirectorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection of the European Commission, which provide scientific advice to the Commission on issues related to consumer products says “extremely low frequency magnetic fields are a possible carcinogen” and “might contribute to an increase in childhood leukaemia”


Statement by Seamus Healy TD 087-2802199

I wish to welcome the extension of the deadline for submissions to Eirgrid concerning its proposal to ditribute electricity via high voltage overhead lines strung between huge pylons.

In my recent Leaders Question to the Tánaiste, I requested such an extension. I also called for these lines to be placed underground.

However,I am seriously concerned by attempts by Eirgrid to confine the consultation to contention as to which corridoor should be used for these overhead lines. I referred to this in my Dáil question.

In it’s statement extending the deadline Eirgrid states :

“During this third round of public consultation, the project team has met with thousands of

stakeholders who have provided important feedback on the route corridor options which will

inform the technical team in the identification of a least constrained corridor in mid-2014. The

least constrained corridor is considered to be the corridor which best avoids social,

environmental, technical and other constraints.”

This is an attempt to present the general principle of overhead lines as a fait accompli. It would also facilitate efforts by government politicians to characterise objectors as being guilty of “NIMBYISM” (Not in my back yard)

I urge all those making submissions to contest the fundamental principle of high voltage overhead lines and monstrous pylons and to unite together on this basis.

Seamus Healy TD



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