EirGrid welcomes Supreme Court decision to uphold planning approval for North South Interconnector

19 February 2019

EirGrid welcomes today’s decision by the Supreme Court to uphold planning approval for the southern section 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 in the High Court. The proceedings were dismissed by the High Court in August 2017 but the judgement was appealed, culminating in today’s Supreme Court decision.

This decision draws the legal process to a close in Ireland.

The North South Interconnector is a critical electricity grid development project which will link the grids between Ireland and Northern Ireland, providing security of supply, supporting decarbonisation and reducing the cost of wholesale electricity for consumers.

Liam Ryan, Director of grid development and interconnection at EirGrid, said:

“The North South Interconnector is the most important infrastructure project on the island of Ireland today. It will help deliver real benefits to domestic and commercial electricity consumers and will make a significant contribution to helping Ireland achieve its climate change commitments.

“We are pleased that the project has now cleared all of the planning and legal hurdles in Ireland and we are hopeful that the same can be achieved in Northern Ireland in the coming months.”

For more information, please contact David Martin on +353 (0) 85 603 0969.