Foley Calls For Investigation After Bogslide In Ballymacelligott Area

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Cllr Cathal Foley.

SINN Féin Councillor Cathal Foley has called for an immediate and speedy investigation into a landslide outside Tralee.

Kerry County Council is meeting this morning to assess the bogslide which occurred at Maughanknockane, Ballymacelligott where the road is now closed from Kielduff Cross to Carrigcannon Cross until further notice.

The road is currently blocked and diversions are in place. The Council is meeting to assess the incident and to organise the clean-up operation.

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Speaking last night, Cllr Foley said; “This evening’s landslide at Maugha outside Tralee needs to be investigated immediately and without delay.”

“In August 2008 a similar landslide in the same area caused the deaths of thousands of salmon and trout and it is feared that a similar level of devastation has occurred today. Boil water notices were also needed at the time and will likely be needed again,” continued the Tralee MD councillor.

“The rivers were only starting to recover from the previous catastrophic incident and now another one has occurred in the very same area. This evening’s landslide is a grim reminder that nature cannot be taken for granted and we must ensure that these important landscapes and the people that live there are given every protection possible,” he said.

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