THE Louth Environmental Group (LEG) is relaunching a campaign for the provision of slip access to the Castletown River in a bid to help save lives.
The group has “taken up the torch” of campaigning to secure a low water launch facility for Dundalk along with Cllr Jim Ryan following the recovery of a man from the Castletown River just after Christmas.
“We would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family of the late John Tiernan on his tragic demise,” said LEG Secretary Mark Fitzsimons.
“We would also strongly endorse the sentiments expressed by Councillor Ryan in respect of the scandalous situation regarding the lack of suitable life-saving boat launching facilities in Dundalk which is, after all, a seaside town.”
Cllr Ryan previously told The Dundalk Democrat that he intends to make the provision of a launch facility a priority at future council meetings.
“The 12 council members who are elected by the voters of Dundalk would dearly love to see this critical item of lifesaving infrastructure provided,” said Mr Fitzsimons.
“We would call on our elected representatives to stand up...and insist that this essential piece of infrastructure be provided in Dundalk.”
He added: “The Louth Environmental Group is aware that as far back as 1977 a proposal was made to the Council’s paid officials that the Connick Patent Slipway at the Dundalk Shipyard at the end of the Point Road be serviced and maintained in perpetuity as a public low-water boat launch facility...
“In 1997, the Castletown River And Dundalk Bay Amenity Development Association (CRADBADA) initiated a campaign to secure the provision of a slipway at the same location...but were successfully resisted...”