Taoiseach to state his position on pylon controversy

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny is expected to clarify next week his position on controversial plans to erect giant pylons and overground 400 kV lines across the landscape of north and east Mayo.

The pylon controversy surrounding the Grid West energy infrastructure upgrade continues to gather momentum.

A public meeting last night (Thursday ) in the Browne Memorial Hall, Foxford, attended by concerned residents and landowners, was the latest in a series of meetings, protests, and ralleys against the project.

On Wednesday anti-pylon campaigners staged a protest at the newly opened Eirgrid public information office in Ballaghaderreen.

Another all day protest is planned for Monday at the Ballina Eirgrid office, starting at 10.30am.

Mr Kenny told a parliamentary party meeting on Wednesday that he would shortly be presenting a memo on his position.

In recent days, the Irish Independent pointed to the ‘rural revolt’ brewing in the Taoiseach’s constituency.

Speculation the Grid West project could turn into a long, drawn out, Corrib Gas-style saga of community opposition appears to be well founded as more and more community groups are springing up and joining forces to oppose the project.

Many groups in Mayo have joined the regional alliance RAMPs - Roscommon and Mayo Protection group, which is coordinating a series of protects locally.

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