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Woman's pylon plan resistance is to be admired

Published 04/10/2011

I am writing to express my admiration for the courage of Teresa Treacy, the 65-year-old lady from Co Offaly who has been placed in Mountjoy Prison as a result of having been found in contempt of the High Court in Dublin.

Teresa's only crime has been to protect her own farm and woodland, having refused ESB workers access to her land to fell trees to clear a route for the placing of 40-metre-high pylons every 200 metres. ESB intends these pylons to carry a 110kV powerline for 32 kilometres across the Irish counrtyside.

ESB in the south and PowerNI in the north are insistent on using out-of-date technology more suited to the 1940s for the transport of energy on this island.

It is a travesty that overhead powerlines should be granted planning permission in the 21st century, when there is a safe, reliable, cost-effective and reliable alternative in underground cables.

At present I and my family are living under the threat of the proposed north-south interconnector and, as a result, I can imagine how desperate and frightened Teresa must have felt when a judge ruled that she had no choice but to allow ESB workers on to her land.

Let us hope that none of the landowners in Armagh and Tyrone, whose homes and livelihoods are under threat from the proposed 400kV north-south interconnector, will be forced to take such a stand in the future.

JULIANNE DENVIR

Co Tyrone

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