Concern about Grid Link Proposal through Local Area

Concern about Proposed High Tension Electricity Grid through Shillelagh, Tombrean, Donishall, Kilrush and other areas

Millrace Hotel, Bunclody

1pm – 8pm

Friday 20th September

Further Details: www.eirgridprojects.com/projects/gridlink/overview/

The Grid Link Project is an estimated €500 million investment in the national electricity grid linking Leinster and Munster. The project consists of a new high voltage overhead power line linking Knockraha in Co. Cork to Great Island in Co. Wexford to Dunstown, near Kilcullen, in Co. Kildare ensuring a reliable and high quality electricity supply for homes, farms and businesses in the south and east region for the future.

There has been a process already in place for a long time and 4 possible routes for the Grid have been identified. One of these curves in a semicircle from Shillelagh through Tombrean, Donishall, Kilrush as it heads for South Wexford.

EirGrid are holding an open day in Millrace Hotel, Bunclody from 1pm – 8pm on Friday 20th September. This is an important part of their consultation process to “identify a least constrained corridor”. According to EirGrid already during the second round of consultation, 278 stakeholders made submissions to the Grid Link Project team. These submissions were made by phone, email, post and at the Grid Link Information Centres, open days and briefings.

Eirgrid have (on their website and elsewhere) put forward an enormous amount of information claiming that:

a) the project is necessary
b) the overhead grid lines pose absolutely no health risk
c) EirGrid has only got the best interests of the people in mind and
d) they want feedback from everyone involved or affected.

As this project may go ahead in our area, please visit Bunclody on Friday, ask loads of questions and form your own opinion. A number of us are very concerned about what is being proposed.

Jim Martin 086 2471912
Brian Buttle 087 2996817
Susan Martin 086 8869090

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Gold deposits likely on Wicklow border – article in today’s Irish Examiner

Gold deposits likely on Wicklow border

By Geoff Percival

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Irish mineral exploration firm Connemara Mining has said there is a good prospect of recoverable gold deposits at its licences on the border of counties Wicklow and Wexford, adding that it could start drilling in the coming months.

The announcement follows a recent airborne survey of the highly-anticipated gold licences by Connemara’s joint venture partner, Canadian exploration firm, Hendrick Resources.

The Canadian company has an option to spend €1m on obtaining a 75% stakeholding.

The survey noted a strong north-east/ south-west “magnetic high trend” located along the west of Connemara’s licence block, hinting at a deep-seated structural zone.

It also noted “multiple magnetic highs splaying off this zone” — clear indications of a prospective structural setting and typical features in areas associated with gold mineralisation.

Commenting on the latest news, Connemara’s chairman John Teeling said he was “very pleased” with the results of the survey, adding that the Wicklow/Wexford area has “long held the potential to host commercial gold deposits”.

“The airborne survey results highlighting the Tombreen and Knocknalour areas supports our earlier work, but new areas are identified near Carnew and north-east of Clohamon. It is very early days in this exploration, but the results are very encouraging,” he added.

Last month, Connemara — which has its shares listed on London’s AIM market — reported a pre-tax loss of €397,121 for 2011; up by nearly €100,000 on the previous 12 months. However, it also delivered an upbeat medium-term outlook and said that it has in place “adequate funds” to cover all proposed expenditure for the current year. Connemara is mainly known as a zinc explorer and has a number of such licences in Meath, Cavan, Limerick and Tipperary.

It could begin drilling in Wexford/Wicklow, on its gold prospects, before the end of the year, pending the completion of further geochemical work and mapping to identify targets.

Vote for Wexford!

This morning Today FM and Failte Ireland unveiled the shortlist of counties for a live broadcast week which is due to take place next week.

The shows are all about showcasing the best of each county for ‘stay cation’ promotion. Wexford has been shortlisted as one of three destinations that The Last Word may broadcast from; in order to secure the show coming to Wexford we need to win a public vote.

So, here is the link to vote http://www.todayfm.com/Shows/discoverirelandvote2/MattCooper.aspx. Please vote for Wexford.

Can you perhaps email it to your colleagues, put it on your Facebook pages and on twitter and encourage as many people as possible to vote for Wexford please?