Experts said the North-South plan  would cost €810 million if the cables were put underground, compared with €140 million over ground, Mr Rabbitte said. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte has rejected Opposition criticism of the Government’s decision to exclude the proposed North-South electricity connec(...)

The expert panel will have the power to decide terms of reference and commission its own experts if EirGrid’s proposals are deficient. Photograph: David Sleator/THE IRISH TIMES

EirGrid’s plans to criss-cross rural Ireland with new overhead power lines provoked such widespread public opposition that Minister for Energy Pat Rab(...)