Last week, the Minister for Communications, Denis Naughten, confirmed that he has commissioned two studies into the North-South Interconnector; on undergrounding and on compensation for landowners.

The current plan is for the interconnector to go overhead. Construction of the interconnector stalled when the North-East Pylon Pressure Campaign challenged An Bord Pleánala in the High Court, objecting to its decision to approve the construction of approximately 300 pylons carrying 400,000 volts across Meath, Cavan and Monaghan.