Minister hears of urgent need to combat Sligo coastal erosion.

Threat to tourism activity of Rosses Point.

Sligo News File Online.

Minister with responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Simon Harris last weekend toured a number of Sligo locations where he viewed first hand the impact coastal erosion is having on local amenities.

Tony McLoughlin, TD. Fine Gael.
Tony McLoughlin, TD.
Fine Gael.

During a visit arranged by constituency Fine Gael TD, Tony McLoughlin the minister met with business and community interests in Rosses Point where he was briefed by County Council Engineer, Gary Salter and Director of Services Tom Kilfeather on the damage coastal erosion is causing to the beach, and the efforts the council has been making to combat the destruction.

The import of this for business and community activities was underlined by Sligo Chamber of Commerce CEO, Paul Keyes and representatives of the business sector.

Deputy McLoughlin said he was delighted the minister had acceded to his invitation to travel to Rosses Point to hear the concerns of 
business and community of the village, and also to view the damage
erosion is inflicting in terms of tourism activity.

“After today’s visit, I would be hopeful that both Sligo County Council and the OPW will be able to work together to produce a new detailed feasibility study into the beach front problems and then we will go forward from there.”

The minister later visited the beach at Strandhill to view the new
coastal erosion defence constructed there in 2013. He also dropped
in on a number of local businesses including VOYA, The Strand Bar
and the Venue.