Local TD, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has welcomed the decision by the High Court to allow for a judicial review on the proposal to allow continued kelp harvesting at Bantry Bay, and has called on Minister Damien English to revoke the existing licence.

Deputy Murphy O’Mahony added: “This is a victory for the local community and for those, in particular, who brought this case and who have fought so hard to oppose kelp harvesting in the bay.

“The local community is, I believe, breathing a huge sigh of relief at this decision, and I am now calling on the Minister responsible, Damien English TD, to simple revoke the licence and end this charade once and for all.

“I will continue to press Minister English to do the right thing on this matter in the Dáil. There is no local support for kelp harvesting, and Minister English should listen to local people on issues that will affect them and their local environment.

“I have consistently supported the local campaign by attending meetings, lobbying the various ministers and meeting with campaigners.

“My opposition to kelp harvesting is absolute. It’s imperative that this licence is revoked. Failing that, I am hopeful that the judicial review will prove that the decision to award the licence was a mistake,” concluded Murphy O’Mahony.