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Wednesday 18 September 2019

Wexford's coastline is disappearing into the sea

Cllr Ger Carthy.
Cllr Ger Carthy.

By Esther Hayden

Wexford's coastline is rapidly disappearing with the county losing one meter of the coastline each year because of erosion.

Wexford County Council engineer Gerry Forde said there were only two points in the county where they were gaining land, south of Kilmuckridge and at Cullen's Point.

'The coastline is likely to change at an unprecedented rate. Every 0.1 meter rise in the sea level will result in a 1meter loss (of coastline).'

He said that €190,000 is spent on beach maintenance throughout the county, €410,000 on piers and harbours and €224,000 on water safety.

There are plans to develop a coastal path with a number of neighbouring local authorities and a feasibility study should be completed within the new few months.

He said that a similar coastal path in Wales is worth €60 million a year to the country.

Cllr Ger Carthy said he was very concerned about the level of erosion and said 'Carne is being wiped off the map. I think that area and the surrounding areas should be given the due amount of coastal protection'.

Mr Forde said the council is 'monitoring Carne and is very conscious of the damage being done there'.

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