Coastal erosion fears raised

Council officials visit coastal erosion sites

Coastal erosion fears raised

Council officials have visited locations in west Donegal where there have been concerns about the impact of coastal erosion.

The visit follow concerns about flooding in parts of Gweedore which have been affected by severe weather in recent years.

Local councillor Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig accompanied the officials as they inspected areas where there has been concern about health and safety issues connected to coastal erosion.

Some householders in the Magheragallon area fear that their homes are at risk of flooding unless measures are taken to deal with the problem.

“Last summer there were storms there and the tide came up to the door steps of houses and people are very concerned,” he said.

“Members of the community have asked me to come down. I met with them and now the council officials have come down and some actions will be taken by the council.”

Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig said the issues are affecting households and the local golf course.

He said that he will update locals affected by the problems after the proposed action is finalised.

He said there are issues at one local beach with the potential of landslides and falling rocks and signs need to be erected to warn the public of such dangers,

“It's very important that these issues are taken very seriously,” he said. “The council have been down to view this, but what I believe needs to happen is that all along this coastline, the weak areas need to be identified.”

“I understand it is a natural phenomena, but we are experiencing rougher waters and higher tides in recent years, so we need to take action to protect people’s homes and the local golf club, which has to be protected at a vital part of the of local community.”