View Irish language version of this page JOIN US DONATE

Protesters to Walk from Navan to Drogheda to Save the River Boyne

The ‘Save the Boyne’ group are organising a protest walk “Go with the flow” for Saturday 30th July from Navan to Drogheda on the banks of the river Boyne. The walk is aimed at raising awareness of the ongoing appeal to an Bord Pleanála, on the granting of permission by Meath County Council to Dawn Meats to install a 7.2 kilometre pipeline to pump 400,000 litres of treated waste water daily into the river Boyne at the Cotton Mills.

In a statement today, spokesman for the group, Peter Whelan, said:

“We are starting the walk at the ramparts in Navan at 9.30 am on Saturday (July 30th). We will be joined by anglers, walkers, kayakers, swimmers and members of the public who all enjoy the great amenity that our river represents. We encourage everyone to come along. It will be a fun day out as well as a serious message to the planners In An Bord Pleanála, who will ultimately decide whether or not this plan goes ahead. Among our group of walkers are singers and poets all giving the same message by way of poetry or song”.

Mr Whelan continued: “People don’t have to do the full 32 km . We will stop at Stackallen bridge at around 11am . We will have a picnic and singalong at Slane around 1 pm. I had asked a local songwriter from Slane to write a song about this ridiculous decision. I asked Alan Louth to come to our meetings at the Mill House in Slane, back in May this year, and make notes of the sentiments being echoed by the angry fishermen and others who use and drink the water of the Boyne. Alan will sing this song for the first time in public at our  picnic in Slane around lunchtime. We will then move on to Brú Na Boinne for a coffee break at 3.45 pm and we will finish in Drogheda around 6.30 pm”.

“The river Boyne is a special area of conservation and needs us the people of Louth, Meath and surrounding areas to stand up to protect it from pollution. There are other options available to treat or dispose of waste. We have no issue with the meat plant itself. We know there are more sustainable ways of dealing with effluent. Reed beds are being used in similar plants in this county and in Kerry. Also, we do not have confidence in a planning system such as An bord Pleanála, who’s senior manager recently stood aside as investigators look at allegations of conflict of interest in recent decisions. We urge anyone with any interest whatsoever in the environment and the lovely river Boyne to come along on the day and join in to show our disgust at the proposal to 400,000 litres of waste water into the river every day”, concluded Mr Whelan.



By Aontú Press | 28 July, 2022

Related Posts

The Irish political system is radically broken

In Ireland the vast majority of elected representatives put a finger in the air to check which way the political wind is blowing. They have one eye on their leaders – seeking brownie points – and another eye keeping their seat safe. If elected reps shut up and do as they’re told, they are promoted; if they stand up for what they believe in, they are demoted. No wonder we have the political class we have. No wonder one point one billion euro is being buried in a hole under the National Children’s Hospital and that Stormont is in stalemate.

Throughout Ireland, many people are now afraid to say what they feel, many are afraid to respectfully engage on a range of different topics. Many feel there is a new censorship and a new political correctness in Ireland, that opposition to the establishment is being deleted.

Respectful opposition is not the enemy. Respectful opposition is a critical element of a functional democracy. Aontú will have the backbone to stand up, without fear, for you.