Submission deadline today for plan to erect hundreds of pylons

Today is the deadline for public submissions on Eirgrid's plans to erect hundreds of pylons across the country.

The project has sparked large scale protests in areas where the structures are to be erected - however both the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Jobs Minister Richard Bruton claim the project is essential for job creation.

Mr Kenny says the new pylons are necessary to upgrade of the country's electricity supply system and also claimed yesterday that it would see less people having to emigrate as more jobs would be made available in Ireland.

Minister for Energy and Communications Pat Rabbitte said that no route has yet been selected for the erection of hundreds of pylons around the country.

He has also said that placing the pylons underground would mean electricity customers would carry the cost for up to 50 years.

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