A new 500km electricity cable will be built to bypass Britain and connect Ireland directly to the European Union’s energy markets after Brexit, under plans confirmed on Tuesday. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and French president Emmanuel Macron signed a letter on Tuesday at a meeting in Brussels pledging themselves to build the so-called Celtic Interconnector. Ireland is expecting to face significant disruption when Britain leaves the single market because a large proportion of the country’s trade travels through the United Kingdom and then onwards across the Irish sea. The new power cable, which is also expected to include a fibre-optic telecoms connection, would be Ireland’s only direct link to another EU member state once Britain leaves. It would carry around 700MW at high-voltage direct current, and run under the sea.
Independent 29th May 2019 read more »