Monday 24 October 2016

The world is not your oyster - Daniel O'Donnell objects to oyster farm beside home

Amy Molloy

Published 13/10/2016 | 09:34

Daniel O'Donnell
Daniel O'Donnell

Donegal singer Daniel O’Donnell is amongst hundreds of people objecting to plans to build a 12 hectare oyster farm on Cruit Island in the Donegal Gaeltacht.

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Locals have voiced concerns about the proposed location of the farm as they fear it will spoil beautiful stretches of beach in the area.

Speaking on Donegal’s Highland Radio, O’Donnell said he was not opposed to the farms in general, just the planned locations.

“What needs to be looked at is another location that would be acceptable, and that wouldn’t have the impact on the area that putting them in these places would.

“But we need to do it in a way that's not detrimental to something that's already in place, and tourism is already in place and I think this would be detrimental to tourism,” he said.

He added that he had already made a submission on the proposed projects.

Members of campaign group Save our Strands attended an island committee meeting on Tuesday, where councillors expressed their support for the campaign.

The two projects proposed include an 11.2 hectare farm in Kincasslagh Bay at Keadue Strand, and a 12.5 hectare farm in Kincasslagh Bay at Cruit Strand.

According to the Donegal Democrat, the application for the farm at Kincasslagh Bay was last night withdrawn.

Declan McHugh of Sweeney McHugh Solicitors in Dungloe, released a statement on behalf of their client who had made the application.

“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.”

Locals who are objecting to the other proposed farm at Cruit Strand have until October 17 to submit their applications.

The applications are available for viewing on the website of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine.

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