Lough Swilly RNLI offer solution to harbour dredging problems

Buncrana Town Council has been told that a solution is available to ease the problems that have plagued the Lough Swilly Lifeboat in recent years. A deputation from the RNLI told members this week that with an investment of up to 70,000 euro a year, shared by the town and county councils, and the RNLI, an annual plough dredging programme could be implemented, carried out by the Derry dredger.

However, members were told one problem is the insistence of the Department of the Environment that an annual licence be secured, despite the fact that no licencing requirements are in place in most other EU countries.

Buncrana councillors have pledged whatever support they can, and County Manager Michael Mc Loone is taking the propopals to the County Council, and to Environment Minister John Gormley.

Lough Swilly Lifeboat spokesperson John Mc Carter says he's very encouraged by the reception they received in the Buncrana council chamber.