Local TD, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has said that the decision by a Kerry company to engage in mechanical kelp harvesting in Bantry Bay despite a judicial review being ordered by the High Court shows a shocking lack of respect for the Irish courts and for local communities.
Deputy Murphy O’Mahony was commenting after BioAtlantis informed the Department of the Marine that it would begin kelp harvesting on July 4th despite the High Court ordering a judicial review of the licence awarded to the company last year.
“This really is the height of disrespect by the company. A shocking level of contempt for the people of Bantry Bay and for a decision of the Irish High Court has been shown by BioAtlantis.
“Only last month, I welcomed the High Court’s decision. The campaign to oppose this action by the company is backed heavily by the local community.
“We need the judicial review to be completed as soon as possible. I am also calling on BioAtlantis to do the right thing and not to engage in any harvesting until the judge overseeing the review makes his findings known,” concluded Murphy O’Mahony.