This is a letter written by an 11 year old girl
living on the Great Island who - Understandably is worried about her environment
My name is Caoimh I am eleven years old and I live on The Great Island.
I am the youngest of three, the only child of the family to be born in
Cobh. As my Mum always says ...
New house, new baby, new pylon. We all three came together.
I speak for all the children living in an area that has the highest
number of lines in Ireland.
I love where Iím living which is surrounded by beautiful green fields
and wonderful wildlife. I love the town of Cobh which is only
2 miles away and I love the friends Iíve made and kept since I started
school. Iím scared that if the ESB put up another line, our family
will have two lines in our garden and we will have to leave the home I
grew up in. It makes me feel very sad but I know my Mum and Dad are
very concerned about the health effects these lines have on myself my brother
When I look out of my bedroom window I see a big ugly pylon and on damp
days I hear it sizzling from early morning to late at night. If I
walk to the top of our road I can see poles and pylons, they stretch for
miles as far as I can see. And when the sun goes down the shapes
of the trees look brillant against the deep red sky but when you look across
the horizon the shapes of the pylons stand out more than anything else.
The proposed pylon plan will effect us children more than anyone else.
It will effect our health for longer and when the time comes for us to
find a nice piece of land to build a home of our own all the space on the
Island will be taken over by pylons. We need someone to take care
of the environment now so they can hand it on to us and we will take care
of it for the next generation. The ESB like to think we donít exist
and they donít care if our health is affected. The politicians do
not care either becuase we do not have a vote, but one day we will and
it will be payback time then.
We should have the right to live and play in a clean environment.
We shouldnít have to worry at our age about the dangers of electro magnetic
fields and non ionising radiation. We should be able to trust in
politicians and planning people that they would safe guard our well being
and health. This has not been the case and if it was not for my parents
and hundreds like them it would be a poor lookout for us. Iím not
just here as Caoimh today but as Dan, George, Stephanie, David, Hazel,
Bryon, Aine and baby Grace who is our latest addition. There are
thousands of us children affected by this line and the seven more in existance.
Some of the existing overhead lines should be taken down and new ones
put under ground. This is about our health and our right to continue
to live in the Harbour Area if that is what we wish.
In our constitution it says all children of the Nation should be treated
equally. If Cobh has the highest number of high voltage lines in
the country then we are being discriminated against by having our health
exposed to all these electro magnetic fields. We are not asking for
any favours, we are just asking for the rights that are enshrined in the
constitution of Ireland.
When you read this, think of your own children and think how you would
feel if they were treated like us. All we ask for is to live and
play in a safe and
unspoiled environment. Is that too much to ask for?