By Dan Walsh
A contentious motion moved by Cllr Fionntán Ó Suilleabháin (and seconded by Cllr Joe Sullivan) stating “We remove the permission for jet ski’s from Courtown bye-laws in line with other beaches in the county.” was defeated by 5 votes to 4 at Tuesday’s monthly meeting of Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council held with Microsoft Teams in line with Covid-19 protocol and guidelines.
Members were divided at the decision to take the motion to a vote because earlier in the meeting there was a presentation on the marine bye-laws by Capt. Phil Murphy, Harbour Master with Wexford County Council who announced that a detailed meeting with An Garda Siochana is scheduled for today (Thursday) and why not wait until the outcome was brought before the Council and members would be better informed?
Cathaoirleach Cllr Pip Breen favoured postponing the motion but the proposer was having not of it and won the support of the majority to proceed with the vote. IN FAVOUR 4 (Cllrs Devereux, Ó Suilleabháin, Sullivan and Bolger) AGAINST 5 (Cllrs Breen, Donohoe, Farrell, Kavanagh and Kenny). The motion was NOT CARRIED.
Cllr Breen felt that the members could only deal with the law while Cllr Joe Sullivan spoke about the dangers of jet ski’s in the water as exists and felt that designated areas were required if they were going to be used,
Cllr Willie Kavanagh felt the water should be there for everyone and he pointed out that Courtown is a designated marina. Cllr Kavanagh suggested acquiring more control over the operation of jet ski’s.
Cllr Anthony Donohoe felt that anything that moves from Courtown to somewhere else just because the municipal authority pass a motion that will ban them from Courtown would not deter them from launching their craft at Kilmichael or somewhere else!
Cllr Mary Farrell was against ‘banning’ jetskiing and said what was needed is to control it, You will always have individuals who will disregard the rules but it is controlling it, monitoring it and enforcing it that matters. If it is banned they will move somewhere else as they don’t all need a jetty or a pier to launch off. “I agree with the motion that we have to do something about it but I don’t believe banning is the way to go,” concluded Cllr Farrell.