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Coastal erosion putting for 65 jobs in Renvyle in jeopardy – Ó Clochartaigh

11 June, 2013

There are fears for 65 jobs in the renowned Renvyle House Hotel in county Galway, if coastal erosion enables contamination of the local water supply, according to Sinn Féin Senator, Trevor Ó Clochartaigh.

The Galway West Senator said:

“The wave defences on the grounds of the hotel have been severely damaged with recent bad weather. If more damage is done the seawater could very easily contaminate a small lake adjacent to the hotel which supplies water for the renowned tourist amenity. Furthermore, the lake is designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), due to a rare strain of weed which is growing in it.

“This hotel is the main employer in the Renvyle peninsula. 65 jobs depend on this well known business. If the breakwater were to fail, if the lake was polluted and the water supply were to be compromised the management maintain the business will be in jeopardy. Tourism amenities such as the Renvyle House Hotel depend on clean water for their success.

“I have contacted Galway County Council, the Department of the Environment and Martina Anderson MEP SF, to ascertain what support might be available to Renvyle House Hotel to help them reinforce and rebuild the breakwater. I have asked if there are specific funds available at a local, national, or EU level to tackle coastal erosion issues or to protect SAC’s and the particular species which are in danger which could be applied for’, says the Sinn Féin spokesperson on Rural Issues.

“This work needs to be done before next Winter, or we might have a disastrous outcome in relation to the business and the essential jobs that they provide and all stakeholders have a duty to do whatever we can to resolve the issues”.

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