Communities across north Mayo have drawn the battle-lines in what looks set to be a long, drawn out fight against the controversial €240m Grid West project.
The project will bring 400Kv overhead powerlines on pylons up to 40m high on a 100km route across much of north Mayo
At a highly charged public meeting on the Grid West project in Knockmore last Friday night locals sought to defend their quality of life in the face of a project that has been deemed by the Government to be essential to the functioning of society and the economy.
Earlier in the week, Moygownagh residents protested outside the first of EirGrid’s latest Grid West open days at the local community centre.
Local auctioneer Billy Heffron estimates that the project will devalue adjacent properties by up to 50 per cent while the visual impact will destroy the highly scenic area.
Knockmore man Dermot McHale attended the protest in Moygownagh and the public meeting in Knockmore. His house is located in the preferred Grid West route corridor: “This is our Priory Hall. Enda Kenny wrote off the mortgages of the residents there last week. I want to know will he come down here and write off our mortgages too?” he asked.
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