Motions were passed in Dáil and Seanad Éireann on 16 February 2017 and 1 March 2017 respectively calling for an updated independent study into the north-south interconnector. Two independent studies were subsequently commissioned to address the main points of the motions as well as key concerns expressed by parties opposed to the development.
The first is a study to investigate the cost and technical feasibility of undergrounding the North South interconnector. The report was conducted by an International Expert Commission made up of Bo Normark, Ronnie Belmans and Keith Bell.
The second study examines the levels of compensation provided to land and property owners in proximity to high-voltage transmission lines in a European context. This study was conducted by KHSK Economic Consultants.
Both reports have now been completed and are available below.