EirGrid, please explain? I’m confused!

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A document landed on my desk the other day. It was an unredacted portion of EirGrid Board Papers (June 2011), again concerning GridLink. I do not pretend to understand the technicalities of this but one thing stood out – the preferred option was always Option 4. What was the consultation for? In addition, EirGrid testified to the Oireacthas Committee that it would cost in excess of “500 million”

and yet their own costing suggests 353 million? Since then, with the advanced and cheaper technology, I would have thought that figure would further decrease, and yet EirGrid maintained the 500 million price-tag right up until GridLink was withdrawn in November last year.


However, then I noticed that the plan only extended to Dublin, and not all the way through Kildare up to the interconnector. Does that mean that the 353 million was only a minor portion of the total GridLink cost and in fact the “500 million” price tag was under-estimated, as the public would have gone ballistic at such an extraordinary cost?


I am completely confused. What is that all about EirGrid, please explain?

gridlink unredacted Records for release

About Neil van Dokkum

Neil van Dokkum (B. SocSc; LLB; LLM; PGC Con.Lit) Neil is a law lecturer and has been so since arriving in Ireland from South Africa in 2002. Prior to that Neil worked in a leading firm of solicitors from 1987-1992, before being admitted as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa (a barrister) in 1992. He published three books in South Africa on employment law and unfair dismissal, as well as being published in numerous national and international peer-reviewed journals. Neil currently specialises in employment law, medical negligence law, family law and child protection law. He dabbles in EU law (procurement and energy). Neil retired from full-time practice in 2002 to take up a lecturing post. He has published three books since then, “Nursing Law for Irish Students (2005); “Evidence” (2007); and “Nursing Law for Students in Ireland” (2011). His current interest is the area of disability as a politico-economic construct. Neil is very happily married to Fiona, and they have two sons, Rory and Ian.
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