Sunday, June 10, 2007
What’s eating Bettystown Beach?
Those that have lived in the area a long time will have noted the changes. For instance, there used to be a huge difference in level between the sea wall at the river Boyne at Mornington and the beach. Now that difference has been much reduced. This is largely due to the movement of sand across the beach.
The engineers told us that if the situation is allowed to continue then in a short number of years parts of the beach might be stripped entirely of sand and the underlying rock may be exposed. This would have significant implications on the future of the Laytown races and on the amenity of the beach itself.
The engineers have come up with a proposed solution. It will cost a fair few million to implement, and will no doubt generate a lot of debate locally, but the question is, if it doesn’t proceed, what then for the beach? Oh, and they estimate that the benefit to cost ratio is a whopping 14:1. We’re hoping that the incoming government will give this project due consideration.
My advice centres resumed this week. In Stamullen I was asked for an update on eircom Broadband for the village. We contacted Eircom on Wednesday and the Head of Communications says that it’s still on course for late summer. I’ll keep on to them on this matter.
On Saturday I was asked by the Labour Party National Executive Committee to contest the Seanad elections for the Industry & Commerce Panel. I will be accepting the nomination, so for the next few weeks I must combine my council work with lots of meetings with other councillors across Ireland. It will be a tough and hard-fought campaign, but if I’m successful it means that the East of Meath gets another Oireachtas representative to fight for improvements to the area.
The trip to Ireland, my first, was very enjoyable. We (better half and I) had hoped to visit Trim Castle but only made it as far as Malahide Castle. Still, there are few castles in America, so seeing the home of the Talbots was still very neat.
I'm reading a couple of Irish histories now. I guess I'm hooked on your country!
Thanks for your blog! Keep up your good work!
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