Protecting County Clare’s Coastline From Erosion

From: Dunphy Public Relations
Published: Wed Apr 30 2008

He added that coastal protection works are being undertaken at various locations throughout Ireland in response to the increasing threat posed by climate change.

Minister Killeen’s comments followed today’s allocation, by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, of EUR3 million for important coastal protection works around the country in 2008.

Ross in County Clare has received EUR180,000, the third highest figure allocated nationally.

"It is estimated that coastal erosion causes a loss of land area of between 160 and 300 hectares a year around the coast of Ireland", stated Minister Killeen.

He continued, "Furthermore, climate experts predict that our coastal defences are likely to be severely battered in the next 50 years. Therefore, it is imperative that we continue to undertake coastal protection works in order to protect farmland, tourist amenities, natural habitats/ecology and private property. I am delighted that the Government has allocated EUR180,000 for important works to be undertaken at Ross."

"Being an island community, our coastline is one of our most important natural resources and is of particular importance to our tourism industry", explained the Clare T.D.

He added, "Ross is a well visited tourist location and one that is particularly vulnerable to the increased threat posed by rising sea levels. I am confident that the introduction of rock armour and gambions will help protect it against the elements."

Other projects in Local Authority areas receiving funding under the Coastal Protection Programme 2008 include Strandhill in Co. Sligo, Abbeyside, Dungarvan, in Co. Waterford, Clonakilty, Co. Cork and Casson Sound, Co. Donegal. In addition, coastal protection works will continue at St. Helens Bay and Curracloe in Co. Wexford.


Notes to Editor:
- Tony Killeen T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Environment Heritage and Local Government and Communication Energy and Natural Resources with special responsibility for Environment and Energy, is available for interview and further comment on 0035387-2525304. Alternatively please contact Mark Dunphy of Dunphy Public Relations on 00353868534900 or
- High-resolution images of Minister Killeen are available on request

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