EirGrid welcomes High Court decisions that uphold planning approval for the southern element of the North South Interconnector

11 January 2018

EirGrid welcomes the two decisions of the High Court today that uphold planning approval for the southern element of the North South Interconnector. 

Planning approval for the project was granted by An Bord Pleanála in December 2016. This was subsequently made the subject of judicial review proceedings by opposition group NEPPC that were dismissed by the High Court last year. A subsequent application to appeal that decision by NEPPC was today dismissed.

The court today also dismissed a separate judicial review taken by environmental campaigner Val Martin.

The North South Interconnector is a critical electricity grid development project linking Ireland and Northern Ireland.

John Fitzgerald, director of grid development and interconnection at EirGrid, said: “The interconnector is undoubtedly the most important infrastructure scheme on the island today and will help deliver very real benefits to domestic and commercial customers.

“We look forward to moving on to the next stage of the project, in particular engaging with landowners in Meath, Cavan and Monaghan who are directly affected by it.”