Saturday 16 December 2017

Kevin Myers: Kerry has zoned enough land to supply the building needs of six times its population

Kevin Myers

THE Norwegian ambassador to Ireland, Oyvind Nordsletten, has called for an end to the poisoning of sea eagles in Kerry. These are, after all, Norwegian eagles, and the Norwegians have strong feelings about this kind of thing.

Most of us have -- but clearly, not everyone in Kerry. Seven sea eagles have been poisoned so far in Ireland: all seven in The Kingdom. I am moved by the ambassador's touching innocence when he hopes that Kerry people will stop poisoning his eagles. This is rather like the Pope calling on the North Koreans to accept the Seventh Secret of Fatima.

I don't know how many readers we have in Kerry: after this piece, I dare say, a good deal fewer. But Kerry really is a place apart. A county that not merely elects Martin Ferris, Jackie Healy-Rae and John O'Donoghue, but almost hero worships them, clearly does not live by the rules that the rest of us aspire to.

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