New date for meeting
THE public consultation meeting on Warrenpoint Port Company’s proposal to dump dredging material at Carlingford Lough which was postponed due to Storm Ali will take place on Monday October 15 between 3pm and 6pm in Warrenpoint Town Hall.
Environmental groups on both sides of the Lough are concerned about the effects of the company’s plan to dredge the Lough and deposit the material in the mouth of the Lough between Cranfield Point and Greencastle will have on the ecosystem of the water and shoreline.
The closing date for public submissions has been extended until October 31.
Dundalk Sub Aqua Club, whose members regularly dive in the waters of Carlingford Lough, are among those who have made a submission, pointing to the richness of sea life observed in the Lough.
North Louth resident and well known environmental campaigner Breffni Martin believes the Warrenpoint Port plan is linked to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. ‘ The thinking could be that, after Brexit, the European designations could disappear. It is hard to understand given the protections that are there, why Warrenpoint would go ahead with this, because in a European framework it seems unlikely that it would be approved.’