Ni Riada demands management plan for Gearagh forest

The Sinn Fein MEP Liadh Ni Riada is calling
for a proper management plan for the Gearagh woodland in County Cork. The
Gearagh is a unique alluvial forest with a rich habitat that lies on a stretch
of the River Lee outside Macroom. Much of the forest was cleared in the 1950s
to facilitate the ESB’s hydroelectric dams in the area. Last week Cork man
Kevin Corcoran addressed the European Parliament’s Petition Committee about
plans for a windfarm to be erected in the area. He’s claiming the project will
have a serious impact on the protected habitat and he wants the EU to do
something about it. Liadh Ni Riada says Mr Corcoran’s petition has highlighted
the need for the ESB, Cork County Council and other interested bodies to have a
proper plan for the area.
 

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