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European Parliament Petitions Committee endorses protection of Gearagh Woodland

9 September, 2016 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has welcomed progress made this week in the European Parliament on protecting the unique Gearagh Woodland in Co. Cork. The European Parliament Petitions Committee has given the go ahead for a petition seeking protection for the Gearagh.

The Gearagh is a unique example of post-glacial, alluvial forests and is of international scientific and environmental importance. 

Liadh Ní Riada said:

“I am delighted with today's result and look forward to meeting with all stakeholders in order to work out an implementation of a viable management plan for this special place. Let me be clear when I say that this is only the beginning.

“It is now time for all parties to come and agree on such a plan that will not have a negative effect on the Gearagh Woodlands. This includes the ESB, which is the main land owner in the Gearagh,

“I would like to congratulate Kevin Corcoran on his outstanding work defending this vital part of our natural heritage. I know that today is a very emotional one for him as he has been campaigning for the Gearagh to be protected for the best part of a decade.

“I have already commented publicly about the hugely valuable resource we have in Cork, which with careful and visionary management, could become a draw for tourists and researchers, as well as a wonderful facility for recreation on the doorstep of Cork City."

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