« BackRowing club calls for River Laune to be dredged

Killorglin Rowing Club have highlighted the need to dredge the River Laune.


Michael Fleming gave a presentation to the members of the South and West Municipal District at their recent meeting.

Cllr John Francis Flynn said the issue is very serious and nobody is taking responsibility for dredging rivers.

There is a gravel bank formed in the middle of the river, the councillor said, which is causing the river to eat into the sides of the river bank.

Cllr Flynn said a force needs to be set up with representatives from interest groups to tackle the issue.

Cllr Damien Quigg says information provided to Sinn Fein MEP Liadh Ni Riada was that every European state had responsibility for their water courses.

Padraic Teahan, engineer with Kerry County Council, said the local authority is not legally responsible for dredging but the people along the river are.

He said a foreshore licence would be needed from the Department of the Marine for the dredging, which would be made more complex by the fact it is a Special Area of Conservation.

Mr Fleming said the rowing club had begun a survey needed for the foreshore licence.