Minister Disappointed with lack of progress at Lough Hyne – Daly

August 1st 2018

Minister Disappointed with lack of progress at Lough Hyne – Daly

Cork South West Fine Gael TD and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Jim Daly, has today conveyed his disappointment in the lack of progress of clearing trails and pathways in Lough Hyne since Storm Ophelia.

Speaking today Minister Daly said, “I have been in contact with both my ministerial colleague Andrew Doyle and officials in Coillte to highlight the concerns of many who have contacted my office in recent times with regard to the lack of progress being made at Lough Hyne. The lack of progress on the clearing of fallen trees and debris at Lough Hyne is extremely frustrating to those who regularly visited the amenity prior to Storm Ophelia.”

As Storm Ophelia caused havoc across the Country last October, West Cork was one of the areas most affected, by the worst storm Ireland has seen in the lasts 50 years. Works are currently being planned by Coillte to carry out tree felling and debris removal which would lead to the upgrading of existing paths and trials.

Concluding Minister Daly said, “Officials in Coillte have confirmed to me that they have applied for a tree felling licence and have also assured me that trials will be upgraded with some new trails envisaged. I will continue to work closely with officials in Coillte to ensure that Lough Hyne is restored to its amazing and natural glory.”

Works are expected to begin as soon as the tree felling licence has been granted and an estimated investment of €15,000 is to be made to restore and upgrade the trails at the West Cork amenity.