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Minister confirms Bantry Bay fish farm escape

THE Minister for the Marine, Simon Coveney has confirmed that a major escape of farmed salmon occurred in Bantry Bay following the severe storms in February.   In a parliamentary question response the minister said, “The results of this preliminary examination suggest that the total number of salmon held on site in three cages immediately prior to the recent storm was in the order of 250,000. The number of live

Irish Water will appeal judge’s ruling on River Sheen water scheme

by Stephen Johnson THE bitter and costly 10-year struggle over whether Kerry County Council has the right to divert 3,500 cubic meters of water daily from the River Sheen to the nearby town of Kenmare apparently isn’t over. That’s because Irish Water now says it will appeal a Circuit Court’s decision earlier this month to halt Kerry Council’s plan to take water from the Sheen near its picturesque salmon leap

Need for investment in water treatment services in West Cork

Castletownbere, Timoleague and Castletowshend are amongst 42 urban areas mentioned in the latest EPA report on the treatment of waste water, or lack of it as the case may be.   In its Urban Waste Water Report, the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, again highlights the scale of raw sewage being released into rivers and bathing areas. Despite numerous warnings from the the EU as well as our own environmental watchdogs,

Almost €4 million allocated to Cork for storm repair

THE Minister for the Environment has approved almost €4 million in funding to Cork County Council to begin repairs and restoration programmes arising from the recent severe weather.   Cork County Council has been allocated €3,980,000 across various government departments for clean-up and necessary maintenance works arising from the storms between December 16th 2013 and January 2014.

Expert panel to look at pylons issue

THE Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte has announced that he is establishing an expert panel chaired by retired Supreme Court Justice Catherine McGuinness to oversee the preparation of reports on the best underground route options to compare with the Grid Link and Grid West high voltage power lines currently being designed. Minister Rabbitte said he will ask the expert panel to decide terms of reference for comprehensive, route-specific studies of

The clean up begins

Calls for emergency fund to help fishermen COMMUNITIES along the West Cork coast are facing clean up costs that could run into millons of euro as works get underway to repair damage caused by Storm Christine. There has been extensive damage along the coast following one of the worst storms in recent years with many isolated areas in the west of the region suffering the most severe damage. Among the