Save Bantry Bay: Press Release: COUNCILLORS CALLED TO TAKE ACTION, AND FOLLOW EXAMPLE OF COLLEAGUES IN GALWAY

PRESS RELEASE: COUNCILLORS CALLED TO TAKE ACTION, AND FOLLOW EXAMPLE OF COLLEAGUES IN GALWAY

10 April 2013

Today, Save Bantry Bay called upon local Councillors to stop sitting on the fence and take action on salmon farming. This follows unanimous votes by both Galway County Council and Galway City Council regarding the potential negative impact of the proposed salmon farm off Inis Oirr. These motions, passed on 26 March and 8 April, were welcome by Save Bantry Bay, who noted that it is the duty of locally elected representatives to communicate local concerns to those in authority.

To date, West Cork County Councillors have refused to take a stand or voice an opinion on the expansion of salmon farming in the area, stating they were not in a position to get involved.

“We are calling on West Cork Councillors to follow the example of their fellow publicly voted representatives in Galway. They have a duty to represent our concerns, and take into consideration the environment on which we depend in their deliberations. To continue to avoid such responsibilities is failing those who voted for them” said Alec O’Donovan, Secretary of Save Bantry Bay.

It is now over a year since an application was submitted to the Department of Marine to expand salmon farming in Bantry Bay, yet there is still no indication of when a decision may be made.

“It is the job of our local representatives to take our concerns to those in higher positions of power. Why this is possible in Galway, but not Cork is unclear. Surely, each citizen of Ireland has the same rights for their voice to be heard?” Said Kieran O’Shea, Chair of Save Bantry Bay.

ENDS

For further information contact:

1. Alec O’Donovan, Secretary, Save Bantry Bay, 087 7949227 (mobile)
2. Kieran O’Shea, Chair, Save Bantry Bay, 086 1280303 (mobile) or 027 60121 (office)

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