14 December 2000 Edition

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Dublin pylon protest

Sinn Féin Dublin South Central representative Aengus Ó Snodaigh led a protest last Friday, 8 December, to move ESB overhead electricity pylons underground.

The protest, held at Kylemore Road Bridge, was attended by over 50 local residents and Sinn Féin supporters. The pylons in question are situated on the Labre Park halting site, Ballyfermot.

A study conducted at Bristol University, England found that high voltage power lines, like the type used by the ESB at Labre Park, can cause death or serious medical problems. It has been claimed that due to the electrical charge created by the overhead power lines, the people working and living in the area are getting three times the average daily dose of damaging chemicals emitted from cars and the nearby industrial estate.

Aengus Ó Snodaigh said of the issue: ``In Sweden and the US, electricity pylons of this voltage must be routed underground. In light of the findings of the recent studies in England about the health risks of these pylons in residential areas, I am calling upon the ESB to immediately reroute them underground.''

The protest follows the erection of several more pylons by the ESB in the area.

Ó Snodaigh is also campaigning for the Labre Park area to be redeveloped by the Corporation. He points out that the land ``has been destroyed by burnt-out carsand general dilapidation''.


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