‘Inconvenience’ of electricity poles on farmland leads to calls for review of compensation

A Leitrim councillor is calling for a review of the compensation paid to farmers for inconvenience due to ESB poles on their land.

Sinn Fein Councillor Padraig Fallon says these poles interfere with everyday farming, particularly when machines, such as tractors and mowers, are being used.

At this Monday’s Manorhamilton municipal district meeting of Leitrim County Council, Cllr Fallon will call on the ESB, and the Departments of Agriculture, Energy and Rural Affairs to work together to review the current compensation.

Cllr Fallons says compensation varies according to the strength of the power, or KVs, carried by the wires on the pole.

But as he tells Ocean FM News, the inconvenience for the farmer is the location and, often the number, of poles on his or her land.