Why aren't we allowed to dredge our rivers?

January 2nd, 2016 4:48 PM

By Southern Star Team

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SIR – The Seine is a 776-kilometre- (482-miles) long river which rises in north-eastern France and flows through Paris into the English Channel at Le Harve and it is being constantly dredged and kept clear for all water activities. I ask the simple question why cannot we do the same to our rivers?

It is nothing short of a pure disgrace the way governments down the years have treated our rivers and, more so, the people in the immediate vicinities. We have had governments down through the years who were not fit for purpose yet the sad thing is that the people will vote still for the same shower again and again. 

The British were the last people to dredge the river Shannon when they were in this country. What the people there have suffered all because the government's incapability is just short of criminality.

Look at Bandon and Skibbereen and other rural towns; another disgraceful scene where all we have are promises and photo opportunities from TDs and threats of legal action. Any Government worth it place in society should forget about building flood walls and sand bags just go and dredge our rivers and let the water go naturally as David Cameron said that he is going to do in England and let the EU do what they like about it ‘put humans beings first.’

All EU laws foisted upon rural Ireland were designed in a way as to depopulate the native human species and replace them with wilderness. I ask the question was that what we voted for when we joined the EU?


Michael O'Sullivan,

Kilkinnikin Upper,




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