SPA could destroy marine industry – Breen

June 15th, 2011 - Pat Breen

Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs & Trade and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has called for an urgent meeting of all Oireachtas Members in Clare, Limerick and Kerry to discuss the implications of designating the Shannon Estuary a Special Protection Area.

“The designation of an area as special area of protection has wide-ranging implications for that area. If this plan goes ahead then the entire Shannon Estuary could be sterilised and it could stifle the development of wind energy and other marine related industries along the Estuary.”

“I have been in discussions with a number of Industrialists who have plans to develop along the Estuary and have jobs in the pipeline and they have warned me that they want an end to red tape; not the creation of more of it.”

“I have sought an urgent Meeting of all Oireachtas Members in Clare, Limerick and Kerry to discuss the implications of this plan. From that Meeting, I hope that we will have a consensus and we then arrange an immediate meeting with the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan, at which, we will put forward an agreed approach. If this plan is not delayed or altered as well as delaying projects which are already in the pipeline it could serious implications for future development along the Shannon Estuary.”