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"Kenbane beauty spot scarred" - Cllr McShane

20 April, 2009

Ballycastle Sinn Féin Councillor, Cara McShane, has said the fire at Kenbane Head on Sunday evening appears to have been the result of irresponsible and reckless behaviour.   The Sinn Féin representative, who was at the scene of the incident yesterday evening said:   "Eyewitnesses have confirmed that a disposable barbeque was tossed off the edge of the cliff path at Kenbane Castle which moments later spread to a substantial fire.  Those responsible had fled the scene before the emergency services, including two fire units from Ballycastle, arrived at the popular tourist attraction.     "The irresponsible and reckless actions of a small number of people have left a beauty spot scarred, with a devastating impact on wildlife nestled on the cliffs at Kenbane.   "It takes only a mindless act by a few people to jeopardise the beauty and tranquility of the area, which is enjoyed by thousands of people who visit the North Antrim coast every year.   "While it is not clear yet whether petrol or other flammable liquids could have been a contributory factor in this instance, we are reminded of the potential hazards of cooking outdoors.    "Fortunately no-one was hurt in this incident.  However, coming into the summer season, it is further evidence of the potentially devastating consequences if BBQ users do not act responsibly."ENDS

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