By Dan Walsh at Gorey Kilmuckridge Municipal District monthly meeting
A situation at Clone Beach with a build-up of sandbanks and steep sandy cliff edges created where the Ahare River flows into the sea is causing concerns locally and Cllr Anthony Donohoe made a sincere call to “make it safe” when he raised the matter at last Tuesday’s monthly meeting of Gorey Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council.
Cllr Joe Sullivan backed up Cllr Donohoe and told the members that “this situation is created as a result of total inaction by Wexford County Council” and claimed there is a lack of capacity in the river channel and all there was is a warning sign on the road to alleviate the fill of water on the river.
Cllr Sullivan believes there needs to be a cut at the head of the river to reduce pressure on the water upstream and he claims fish life is being taken out of the river.
He said the Ahare River report has done nothing for the people of Castletown. “The road was flooded again last week. There is massive coastal erosion on Kilpatrick beach. The people of my county deserve better than this,” he stated.
Cllr Pip Breen supported Cllr Sullivan. He said that the Ahare River, by its nature, always depended on the locals to get it out to sea. “There is capacity enough if it is let away and let out to sea,” said Cllr Breen, who also reminded the members that trees have died because they are constantly under water.