Tuesday 20 August 2019

Raven fears 'like Joe Duffy horror show'

SCAREMONGERING about the designation of the Raven in Curracloe as a Special Protection Area, is worthy of a 'Joe Duffy horror show', Green Party councillor Danny Forde told the Borough Council meeting.

Cllr Forde said the idea that people would be stopped from walking on the beach was ludicrous.

'I still don't know what the problem is. Is it that we won't be able to walk on the beach if it goes through? Can you imagine the Minister trying to stop people walking on the beach?'

' There have been seriously inaccurate comments made about this,' he said. ' The scaremongering going on is typical of a Joe Duffy horror show.'

Cllr Forde was responding to a call by Cllr Paddy Nolan for all councillors to vote against the designation en bloc.

'It's a very hot topic in Wexford at the moment. They won't stop us walking out there', said Cllr Nolan who told Cllr Forde – 'I suggest you don't know what you're talking about.'

Cllr George Lawlor said he attended a meeting at which a representative of the National Parks and Wildlife Service claimed the masts of boats in the harbour would disturb birds.

The Borough Engineer Tadhg O'Corcora explained that the Borough Council did not have land adjoining the Raven and therefore had no grounds to object.

When Cllr Nolan's proposal was put to a vote, all councillors present, except Cllr Forde, voted in favour.

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