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Rossbeigh one of several areas in Kerry at risk

Rossbeigh Beach could be further endangered by climate change

THERE is a danger that scenic areas like Rossbeigh Beach could be further endangered unless a significant amount of money is invested in areas worst hit by climate change, it has been stressed.

Kerry County Council member, Michael Cahill, said Kerry is really suffering with last week’s floods in Kenmare and Sneem proving the county has a long way to go to address the impact of climate patterns.

Cllr Michael Cahill: Climate concerns

“Investment in flood and erosion defences in Kerry need to be stepped up big time if the likes of Kenmare, Sneem, Cromane, Dooks and Rossbeigh are to continue to be viable places in which to live and work,” he said.

“While we have been largely successful in restricting the spread of Covid-19, our local industries have been devastated by it and the recent flooding shows we have a long way to go to combat climate change.

“We need to rescue our lives and businesses following this outbreak of disease but that will be pointless if we allow the climate to wreak even further havoc,” Cllr Cahill stated.

He said the threats posed by the coronavirus and climate change need to be addressed by changes in human behaviour but the immediate problems caused must be dealt with now and that will require significant government and EU funding.

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