Sinn Féin Newry Armagh MLA Cathal Boylan has called on Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minster Nigel Dodds to have early discussion with both the Environment Minister and the Health Minster to address the serious concerns that people have about the North-South electricity inter-connector.

Mr Boylan said:

“I am disappointed that there have been no official discussions between DETI and the Environment Minister and no discussions at all between DETI and the Health Department about the North-South electricity inter-connector.

“This is a huge issue for local people who have very genuine concerns about the inter-connector.

“Joined up government is about all of the relevant agencies and government departments working together. I would have though that such an important issue as this demands that Nigel Dodds engages with both Arlene Foster and Michael McGimpsey to plot a way forward.

“The inter-connecter is an important project that is an essential component in the development of the all Ireland energy market. However, the health concerns of local people must be taken into account and all options, including the possibility of laying cables underground, must be fully explored.” ENDS

Adam Bruce, UK Chief Executive of Airtricity, has been elected Chairman of BWEA for 2007/09. He succeeds Chris Shears, Development Director at Renewable Energy Systems, who has held the post for the last two years.

Before becoming Chief Executive of Airtricity’s UK activities in 2006, Mr Bruce ran the public policy team at the UK law firm McGrigors, spending a decade working with government in London, Brussels and Edinburgh. He chaired the Scottish public affairs professional body for three years, served as a member of the Arbuthnott Commission and is a board member of the Westminster Forum, the London based policy networking group.

Mr Bruce stood for election with a call for BWEA to lead the debate on the future for onshore and offshore renewables by engaging with government and the public at every level.

Commenting on his election as Chairman, Adam Bruce said:

“By signing up to the EU’s target for 20% of Europe’s energy to be generated from renewables by 2020 the UK government has set us a significant challenge. If we are to meet this target the BWEA must ensure that public policy is developed for the sector to flourish.

BWEA is the UK’s leading advocate for renewable energy. It has to lead the debate on the future for onshore and offshore renewables. It must hold government to account in meeting long-set targets. Offshore remains a key priority and I will maintain pressure on government to address development obstacles and to promote new opportunities.

Very soon there will be a new UK Prime Minister and a new government in Westminster to add to the new governments in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. I look forward to working with BWEA Chief Executive Maria McCaffery and the new Board to ensure that we effectively engage with all stakeholders to deliver our future energy strategy. “

Charles Rose, Managing Director of Hainsford Group Ltd, has taken over as Vice Chairman from Marcus Trinick of Bond Pearce Solicitors. Mr Rose brings a wealth of direct experience in the development, ownership and operation of renewables assets.


Adam Bruce has been UK Chief Executive of Airtricity since May 2006. Airtricity is a leading renewable energy company with operations in Ireland, the UK, Portugal and North America. In Britain it has a development pipeline of 2000MW, including the 500MW Clyde onshore wind farm and the 500MW Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm.

Prior to joining Airtricity Adam was Director of Public Policy at UK law firm, McGrigors. He set up that firm’s public affairs and policy practice and led it through McGrigors own transition into and out of KPMG. In that role he worked with clients in the energy, financial services, transport and infrastructure sectors, and for three years was Chairman of the Scottish public affairs industry group, ASPA.

Adam was educated at Oxford, (where he was president of the Union), and Edinburgh universities. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife and son.

The Interfaith Peace Walk “Towards a Nuclear Free Future” entered England yesterday (June 17th) crossing the border from Scotland after spending the night in Gretna. Since leaving Dublin, Ireland on May 13th they have covered over 370 miles on foot spreading their message of a nuclear free future.

Their walk has taken them along the east coast of Ireland where they heard about the devastating effects of Sellafield. In Scotland they walked to the Faslane Trident base where some of the group was arrested while upholding International Law.

The Peace Walk was allowed access to the Tank road at the Dundrennan, MOD test firing range which is know to have tested Depleted Uranium weapons. The walkers were joined by locals who are concerned about the amount of D.U that has been fired there and polluting the area where they live.

The International group of walkers passed by Chapelcross on its way to Gretna on the weekend and is now in Carlisle preparing for the next leg of their walk, which will take them to Sellafield; home of the most polluting nuclear facility in the UK and responsible for making the Irish sea one of the most radioactive sea’s in the world. The walk will be holding a vigil at the main gates of Sellafield at 3pm Friday June 22nd.

Marcus Atkinson from Australia and International Events Coordinator for “Footprints for Peace” commented “Nuclear power is not the solution to climate change. When you take the whole industry into consideration it is an extremely polluting industry creating cancers and sickness through out the world due to the radioactive substances it releases. It is also contributing to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and leaving a deadly toxic legacy for future generations spanning thousands of years.”

June 2007
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