Killala Bay

  • Ballina councillors yesterday agreed to send a letter to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine calling for a cull of seals in Killala Bay.

    In a Ballina Municipal District council meeting Cathaoirleach Michael Loftus called for a cull of the mammals, which he believes are contributing to the loss of wild Atlantic salmon in the River Moy.

    “These seals would kill salmon or sea trout sometimes just for fun, other times to eat it,” he said, adding that they are “killing all that is good about the River Moy.”

    The Western People is reporting that the Fianna Fáil Councillor, who is also a member of the Grainne Uaile Sub Aqua Search and Recovery Unit, said he had noticed approximately 150 seals in and around Bartragh Island, in Killala Bay, while out on a search last weekend.

    He said the loss of salmon in the Moy is affecting fishing tourism, which in turn harms the local economy.

  • The practise of discharging raw sewage into Killala Bay will end within weeks.

     

    Irish Water has confirmed it will commence operation of a new wastewater treatment plant in the coming weeks, which will stop the discharge of untreated wastewater into Killala Bay.

     

    The new treatment plant in Killala will serve a population of 1,800 and will allow for social and economic growth, according to Irish Water.

     

    This project forms part of a €19 million investment in wastewater infrastructure in Mayo, along with the completed Foxford and Charlestown schemes.

     

    Irish Water is also progressing plans for a new wastewater treatment plant in Newport to address the remaining raw sewage being discharged in the county.

     

  • The Revenue Commissioners have offered a ship that could be sunk in Killala Bay to provide an artificial reef which would attract divers to the area.

    The project is a long-term ambition of Fianna Fail Councillor Michael Loftus, who's also a member of the Grainne Uaile Sub-Aqua club.

    A feasibility study was carried out almost a decade ago into plans to sink a former Royal Navy destroyer in Killala Bay but the plans did not materialise at that time.

    Now, Revenue have offered a ship that was confiscated for importing cigarettes illegally, and Councillor Loftus is hoping both Mayo and Sligo County Councils will look again at the project, which he believes could generate millions of euro for the region from visiting tourists.