- DALY CALLS ON EIRGRID TO QUANTIFY COST OF INTERCONNECTOR DEFERRAL TO STATE & CONSUMERS
- “PLANS MUST BE IMMEDIATELY HALTED IN LIGHT OF MAGNETIC FIELD INTERFERENCE”
- MINISTER RABBITTE MUST MAKE STATEMENT
Dublin North ULA TD Clare Daly has called on Eirgrid to immediately disclose full information regarding the costs of their confirmation of the deferral of the Interconnector operation.
Deputy Daly said, “The Chief Executive of Eirgrid gave sworn testimony in the High Court that any delay in the completion of the project after September 21st would result in payments of millions. He stated that a delay of 3 months would cost €13 million, plus €7.5 million additional interest, plus a substantial loss of revenue foregone, of several million. The project is now 5 weeks late, so presumably has a price tag of €7 million and rising. These costs are “fully underwritten by Irish Electricity customers, with all additional costs being passed through to customers”. It is imperative that Eirgrid immediately discloses the cost of the deferral.”
“Of even more importance”, Deputy Daly said, “is the fact that the interference caused to phone lines as a result of the operation of the line, indicate that the time varying magnetic field is not “insignificant & immaterial” as Eirgrid claimed in court. Residents are seriously concerned that measures are being taken to shield the phone cables from this interference, without any reopening of the need to protect the health of residents, including the children who go to school very close to the cable. These issues need to be re-opened prior to any commencement of the commercial operation and confirm the validity of the concerns raised by the community in Rush in particular over the past number of years.”
Deputy Daly asked for a debate in the Dail today as a topical issue but was not selected. She will be attempting to get it discussed tomorrow and has called on Minister Rabbitte to immediately clarify the issues.