Sinn Fein MEP calls on ESB to provide management plan for Gearagh


A Sinn Fein MEP has called on the ESB to provide a much needed management plan for the Gearagh, a natural woodland in Cork.

Sinn Fein MEP calls on ESB to provide management plan for Gearagh

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A Sinn Fein MEP has called on the ESB to provide a much needed management plan for the Gearagh, a natural woodland in Cork.

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has written to the ESB requesting an urgent meeting to discuss a management plan for the Gearagh.

The Ireland South MEP has been a long time advocate of the Gearagh, which is a special area of conservation near Macroom in County Cork. The Gearagh is the only post glacial alluvial forest in Europe.

"The Gearagh is a tremendously important ecological area, a stunning public amenity and an area of immense importance for research and study; everyone in our community has a duty to maintain and protect it," she said.

The ESB is a major landholder in the area and the MEP says it places a special onus on the company to ensure there is a comprehensive management plan in place for the nature reserve.

"They have thus far failed to engage with local stakeholders or the wider community and this is causing great concern among the many people who wish to see the area protected.’

The development of a management plan has been in talks for a long time but local groups have lobbyied to be a part of the process.

"The Gearagh is a unique ecological treasure, it must be preserved and protected and the best way to do that is in partnership with the local community."

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