Fianna Fáil TD for Wicklow and East Carlow Stephen Donnelly is set to raise the continuing coastal erosion taking place at the Murrough at a meeting with Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran next week.

The Murrough is a 15 km long coastal wetland area, extending from North of Wicklow Town as far as Greystones. It is the largest coastal wetland complex on the East Coast of Ireland and is a wildlife haven and area of natural heritage.

The area has been plagued by constant erosion in recent years, in particular as a result of winter storms.

Deputy Donnelly commented, “The Murrough is an amazing resource, not just for Wicklow, but the entire county and it must be protected. Works have been conducted by both Wicklow County Council and Irish Rail in recent years to repair the worst of the damage, but what is needed now is a plan to return the wetland to its original state and keep it that way.

“Both Storm Ophelia and Brian caused further damage to the Murrough, with up to a metre of the coastal area washed away by the sea in places. We cannot have this situation continue. What we need is a plan to stop the damage from occurring in the first place.

“I am set to meet with Minister Moran to request that the OPW preform a survey of the area with a view to putting a long term plan in place to secure its future. Furthermore, I will be asking that the OPW work with Wicklow County Council to offer the supports needed for a project of this scale.”