ANTI-PYLON protesters have given a guarded welcome to government plans for an independent study on the health and other implications of high voltage power lines.
Energy Minister Eamon Ryan is to tender for experts to carry out the study in the next few weeks and he says he wants to see their findings by the end of April.
They will be asked to evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of routing cables underground as opposed to stringing them along pylons, taking into consideration the relative costs, technical difficulties and environmental and health issues.
Eirgrid, which is considering three routes for the Meath-Cavan line, said it would postpone making a decision until the study was completed.
North East Pylon Pressure chairman Francis Lally said the study should in no way be influenced by the work already carried out by Eirgrid but should take a “clean sheet” approach.