Those of us living in Donegal are privileged to have on our doorstep one of the most beautiful places in Ireland – Ballyness Bay, a Special Area of Conservation. It is not just lovely to look at. It is home to a whole range of special plants, birds, fish and animals. Some of these are rare and endangered. It is also a place which we all enjoy in our own way – walking, bird watching, fishing, kayaking, sailing, surfing, swimming and so much more. All this is under threat. It is in danger of being destroyed.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Mr Michael Creed T.D., is considering allowing the bay to be used for industrial shellfish production. We are not opposed to the shellfish industry. We are totally opposed to a shellfish industry in Ballyness Bay. This is the environmental heritage of all of us. With your help, we will defend it.