Objections in Clare and Tipperary to ESB power lines are raised over environmental and health concerns.
The Killaloe and Ballina Amenity Preservation Group on the Clare Tipperary border are objecting to the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) routing high voltage power lines through the area. The group considers them a danger to health, the environment and tourism. The ESB plans to lay 400 kilovolt main powerlines from the generating station at Moneypoint in County Clare to Dublin, spanning the Shannon at Killaloe.
Dr Pascal Carmody is chairman and founding member of the Killaloe and Ballina Amenity Preservation Group.
The aims of our group is to ask the ESB to bury the lines one mile each side of the river.
The area around Killaloe and Ballina depends on summer tourism and the pylons are set to come through the preserved land. Sam McCrumb is under no doubt that the 140 foot high pylons will completely destroy the scenic beauty of the area.
Farmer Stephen Scanlon voices his concern about the ESB putting a mains line over existing electric fences as this will put cattle and humans in danger.
Dr Frieda Keane a General Practitioner in Killaloe explains the potential health risks from an electrical field created by pylons.
Dr Ted Hickey has concerns about the physical and biological effects the pylons pose. He is also unhappy that the law allows the ESB to site pylons wherever they wish, without any regard to existing houses or the environment.
The 1927 Electricity Supply Act virtually confers on the ESB dictatorial powers and they can enter anybody's land and erect a pylon and there is virtually the landowner or the householder can do to stop this.
A pylon is planned for the land recently bought by Prince Faisal of Saudi Arabia. Sylvester Addley from Killlaloe explains the Prince is unhappy with a pylon beside his hom but has no objections to the pylons being sited further down his property.
He has spent a lot of money restoring the land here and they’re erecting the pylon at the moment right on his front lawn.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 20 April 1983.