Saturday 18 November 2017

Fury at clearing of trees along the Slaney

By Amy Lewis

The area of the Slaney where the 'savage destruction' occurred.

Members of the Slaney Branch of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland have expressed their fury with Irish Rail for taking part in 'savage destruction' when they cleared some young trees from along the Slaney.

The trees, which lined the bank at Killurin Bridge, were cleared last week and according to a IWAI representative, allowed to fall in the Slaney.

Slaney IWAI chairman Brian Coulter called the action 'disgraceful'. 'This wanton destruction appears to be completely illegal under the Wildlife Act 1976 and the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000,' he said

'Also, the trees and branches carelessly thrown in the river constitute a hazard to navigation at and below Killurin. The Harbour Office and Slaney IWAI have both expended a considerable amount of time and expense to make the Slaney a safe and pleasant waterway for leisure boating and the rescue services. The latter deserve particular consideration as they are required to travel at high speed from Wexford and Enniscorthy and should not be subject to deliberate hazards.'

Brian said that such actions along other sections of the railway line have deprived the river and road of much spring foliage to 'the detriment' of its beauty and tourism potential.

'It is hoped that the harbourmaster, who is responsible for navigation on the Slaney, can to get the people responsible to clean up the hazardous material that has been allowed to fall and is in danger of falling into the Slaney and to desist from continuing this offensive behaviour higher up the river,' he said.

No response was received from Irish Rail on the matter.

Wexford People

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