Whale carcasses will not be buried or towed out to sea

Donegal County Council is exploring a number of options for the disposal of 34 whale carcasses, after a plan to bury them on the Rutland Island beach where they washed up was abandoned yesterday.

Specialist equipment had been brought to Burtonport yesterday morning, but following concerns from local people, it was decided to postpone the burial pending more talks.

Another option considered by the council was towing the carcasses out to sea, but Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher who represented the locals in discussions with the council says that option has been ruled out by the government:

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Meanwhile, Arranmore priest Fr John Joe Diffy, says islanders are concerned about what is being done with the whale carcasses.

He says the carcasses should be buried immediatley:

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