Updated: 28/04/18 : 06:52:44
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Rejection of Afforestation Licence at Innisfree welcomed

Fine Gael Local Area Representative, Thomas Walsh has welcomed confirmation from Minister Doyle, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine that an application for afforestation licence at Innisfree, Ballintogher has been rejected.

Walsh told Sligo Today, "I have this week received confirmation from the Minister that the application for conifer plantation of 14.6 acres has been rejected. See letter below

He added, “This refusal is a win for our community and for Sligo. The site in question is located along the shore of Trawane Bay, Lough Gill, adjacent to the Lake Isle of Innisfree and has recently been purchased by a developer.

"The Lake Isle of Innisfree is one of our most scenic areas in the county where thousands of visitors descend on annually and arguably has been untouched for many decades. Its stunning panoramic views are well documented worldwide with the “Lake Isle” immortalised by WB Yeats.

"Its protected habitat by way of a “special area of conservation” and the “Sligo Way” which passes by the open viewpoint of the “Lake Isle” would be severly impacted by such a plantation. This proposed plantation would have hindered views of the lakeshore, North Sligo Mountains and the “Sleeping Giant”.

Minister Doyle stated, “having considered this entire application, its scale and impact on the surrounding landscape and taking into account its proximity to Lough Gill, the application has been refused”.

Walsh concluded, “ WB Yeats opened with I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, let us always protect our culture, where we come from and its tradition.”

The letter by email confirming the refusal of the afforestation licence at Innisfree, Ballintogher