Fianna Fáil has tabled a motion requesting that the Government reject proposals by Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte to appoint Mr John O'Connor to the position of chairman of Eirgrid.

Fianna Fáil’s Timmy Dooley put forward the motion following today's appearance of Mr O'Connor before the Oireachtas Transport and Communications Committee.

Eirgrid is under fire from locals resisting plans to build three high capacity power lines in the north east, west and south east.

Responding to questions from the committee about the concerns, Mr O’Connor admitted that he personally “would not like to live close to a pylon”.

“I wouldn’t, to be honest with you. Who would?” he said.

Asked to expand on this, Mr O’Connor said a pylon would affect the residential amenities of the house and would be visually intrusive.

Concerns have also been raised that Mr O’Connor’s previous role as chairman of An Bord Pleanála created a conflict with his new post.