Oyster farm application for Keadue strand withdrawn

Applicant said he ‘fully accepted the concerns raised by the local people’

Carolyn Farrar


Carolyn Farrar

Oyster farm application for Keadue strand withdrawn

An application for an oyster farm at Keadue strand was withdrawn today, following local opposition to the location proposed.

Declan McHugh of Sweeney McHugh Solicitors in Dungloe, released a statement today on behalf of Manus Bonner of Belcruit, Kincasslagh, who had made the application to the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine for an aquaculture license, “with the intention of returning home to operate the business”.

The statement continues:

“It was our client’s intention that such licence could be used along with the family lands to create a sustainable commercial business, which would have brought investment and employment to the area.

“However, since the application for the licence has been advertised locally, our client has become aware of resistance to the proposed venture locally.

“It was never our client’s intention, nor that of his family, to create any hostility or contention with his neighbours or the people who regularly use Keadue Strand. While our client does not fully concur with the impact that the proposed venture would have on the Keadue Strand, having spent much time and resources planning the application, he has fully accepted the concerns raised by the local people and the submissions that have been lodged in opposition to the application for the above-mentioned license.

“Our client, therefore, has instructed us to write to the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine to inform them of his intention to withdraw his application and further instructs us that he does not intend to make any further application at a later date in this regard.”

Mr. Bonner’s was one of two applications submitted recently for oyster farms in the area. Local residents had raised objections to the locations after the applications became public in recent weeks.

The campaigning group Save our Strands - Cruit, Kincasslagh, Keadue, formed after the applications became public, said they were not opposed to oyster farms, but said they believed the locations selected for the proposed projects were inappropriate because the scenic strands are well used by local people and tourists to the area.