EirGrid welcomes progress towards North South Interconnector planning decision in Northern Ireland

21 November 2017

EirGrid welcomes the news that the Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) has issued its recommendation to the Department for Infrastructure on the northern element of the North South Interconnector.

The commission completed its Public Inquiry into the proposal in February 2017, and received inputs from a wide range of stakeholders. In line with common practice, the Planning Appeals Commission has not disclosed the content of the recommendation or report issued to the Department for Infrastructure. It is expected that the Department will consider the recommendation and announce its decision in the coming months.

An Bord Pleanála granted planning permission for the southern element of the North South Interconnector last December.  This decision has subsequently been the subject of a number of judicial reviews.  To date the High Court has upheld planning approval for the southern element of the North South Interconnector.  A decision on the third and final review is currently outstanding.  The court is expected to announce its decision on the outstanding review in December. 

John Fitzgerald, Director of Grid Development and Interconnection at EirGrid, said:

“This is a positive step towards a decision on the planning application for the North South Interconnector project in Northern Ireland.

The Interconnector is undoubtedly the most important infrastructure project on the island today and will help deliver very real benefits to domestic and commercial customers. 

We now look forward to the outcome of the outstanding decisions in relation to this project both North and South.”